The Edo State Government has ordered individuals who encroached on the Benin Science and Technical College (BSTC) land to relocate immediately.
The Chief of Staff to the State Governor, Chief Taiwo Akerele, who gave the order yesterday during a visit to the college to oversee the ongoing reconstruction of the college, said trespassers were obstructing reconstruction and expansion work at the institution.
“It is disheartening to find that people allocate government land to themselves and set up permanent structures without any document indicating approval. We have shown the illegal occupiers a building plan approved in 1966. It detailed the parameter accommodating the Benin Technical College,” he said.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Hon. Edorodion Erimona, said owners of permanent structures on the school land had no evidence that government ceded the land to them.
He said, “It is unknown to the law and government that any other private property exists on the land, so there is no property here that doesn’t belong to Benin Science and Technical College.”