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Ogun State Warns of Forfeiture for Houses Without Toilets – Commissioner Issues Stern Directive


Ogun State Warns of Forfeiture for Houses Without Toilets – Commissioner Issues Stern Directive

As part of its initiative to eliminate open defecation, the Ogun State government has issued a stern warning to property owners of both old and new houses lacking toilets. The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya, emphasized that those failing to comply with the directive risk forfeiting their properties to the government.

In a statement released to the press in Abeokuta on Wednesday, Oresanya stated, “Henceforth, old houses with collapsed toilets and without provision for new ones and new houses built without toilets will be forfeited to the State Government. We are warning the landlords of those houses to either construct toilets or convert rooms to serve as toilets or risk forfeiting their homes to the State Government.”

The Commissioner revealed that the government had issued multiple warnings and abatement notices over several months to give property owners ample time for compliance. He emphasized that any property owner refusing to adhere to the government’s directive to provide toilets in their buildings would face consequences.

“We have given the landlords a period for compliance, so we are not ready to persuade anyone again to do the needful. For the avoidance of doubt, we are now making it public again that any old or new houses without toilets will be forfeited to the government. After all, the environmental laws of the state allowed the government to take over such homes in the public interest,” Oresanya asserted.

The Commissioner also mentioned that landlords might face charges for endangering the lives of people in their community. Oresanya called on residents, Community Development Associations, and Central Development Councils to collaborate with the State Government in making the state free from open defecation.


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