IEDPU, PADA condemn proliferation of filling stations in residential areas


By Daniel Ayantoye

The Ilorin Emirate Descendant Progressive Union (IEDPU) and Pakata Area Development Association (PADA) have kicked against the usage of land for wrong purposes especially in the Ilorin metropolis.

The President of IEDPU, Alhaji AbdulHammid Adi gave the charge while speaking at an interactive session organised by the Pakata Area Development Association (PADA) and lamented the use of residential areas as filling station.

“I want to commend the people of Pakata area because there was a time somebody wanted to build a filing station at the area where you have schools and they rose up against it and that was stopped and now you have a building there,” he said.

Meanwhile the Guest lecturer, Dr. Abdullateef Bako Alaaya, who doubles as the Head of Department, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Ilorin, charged parents to make youths development a  priority.

Speaking on the topic: The past, present, future and challenges of youths in an organised society, Alaaya stated that parents should encourage their children in acquire skills in order to avail them a more secured future.

“There is need for parents to have foresight and plan. The role of parents as to what their children will become in the society cannot be overemphasised. If cultism, thuggery will be eradicated from the society, it requires a great input from the home,” he added.

Similarly, the Ubandawaki of Pakata, Alhaji Mamoud AbdulGafar, who was represented by Alhaji Abubakar Sidiki, charged the youth to be industrious and not depend on their certificates alone.

While delivering his speech, the Chairman of PADA, Mallam Isiaka Abdulrahman Adebayo said a community is not developed unless it is manifested in the improvement of welfare of its citizen.

While commending the state government for supporting the community, Adebayo enjoined the present administration to extend the light up project to Ita-Nmo -Pakata and Adeta-Oloje roads.


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