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DATKEM Plaza Not an Illegal Structure, Says Management

The management of DATKEM Plaza has refuted claims by the Ogun State government that the plaza is an illegal structure. In a statement released on Monday, the management stated that the plaza was duly approved by the Ogun State Government in 2009.

The five-storey DATKEM plaza, owned by the wife of the former governor, Olufunke Daniel, was partially demolished on Sunday by agents of the state government. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Olayiwola Abiodun, had earlier explained the state government’s position as to why it had to demolish the plaza.

However, DATKEM management faulted the state government’s position and stated that they have approval for the building with approval number APN: CB/05/299/2009. They also mentioned that there were no specific structural defects referenced in all the communication between the builders and the state government.

On parking space, DATKEM management said that there are undeveloped streets on both sides of the building and at the back there is a vacant plot of land which even the government agents are aware is being negotiated to be purchased as additional parking spaces.

Despite these claims from DATKEM management, it’s important to note that there are conflicting reports on this issue. The Ogun State Government has stated that DATKEM Plaza is an illegal structure without an approved plan and contravenes physical planning laws. They mentioned that several efforts made by the state government to halt further development on site were ignored by the developers.

A writer at Parallel Facts