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Edo State Commissioner for Physical Planning, Housing, Urban and Regional Development, Ms. Isoken Omo, instructed developers in the state to always obtain planning permission before starting construction.

Omo, who revealed this in an interview with reporters shortly after a roadshow to commemorate World Habitat Day 2022 in Benin, said the state had drawn up two different master plans to ensure that the right structures be constructed at designated locations.

The road show was organized by the Edo government in collaboration with the German Agency for International Companies (GIZ).

She said: ‘You need to get building approval, this will let you know what type of structure to build in a particular location as the condition is planned. The state has two master plans; Edo State Regional Development Master Plan and Benin City Master Plan. The plans aim to ensure that we have a beautiful, inclusive and sustainable state.

“In addition, potential land buyers should search through the Edo Geographic Information System office, to find out whether they are buying genuine land. You must ensure that you are not buying government land, ditch, street, right of way or encumbered land”.

The Commissioner added that the theme for World Habitat Day 2022, “Mind the gap, live no one or place behind”, was appropriate as it sheds more light on ongoing environmental conservation activities. of the state government.

The Managing Director of Neighborhood Turnkey Project limited, Mrs. Cecelia Atohengbe, who participated in the roadshow, commended the Edo State government for its awareness of the need for a healthy environment.

Atohengbe, an architect, said: “It is important that there is illumination so that citizens know that they are part of preserving the environment and that they are part of the state’s plan for a beautiful state.