Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said Ekiti State government has acquired the lands apportioned to build filling stations in residential areas. The governor, while on the inspection of some of the lands said there is no going back on some Certificate of Occupancies of filling stations revoked, citing priority for safety of lives and properties.
He said he was on the side of the masses and would not shift ground on the new order on the granting of CofOs and due consideration of policies guiding the citing of filling stations. The governor said he would not wait till lives and properties were destroyed unnecessarily before taking further actions.
He cited the example of a new filling station taking off beside a school that has been in existence for over 15 years in Irona, noting that the construction remain suspended while the land remained acquired by the government. The governor emphasized that the safety and love of the people come before personal interests, saying the government will not allow the gains of some sets of people to result in wanton destruction of lives and properties of others.