The Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has reacted promptly to those violating planning permit as it sealed 56 unapproved construction sites in the state.
A statement made available to Urban Express News Online through its Director of public affairs, Mr Mukaila Sanusi; said the action was taken in other to ensure zero tolerance for unapproved buildings that has been encouraging building collapse.
He said the commissioner of physical planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako is alarmed at the rate of unapproved and illegal development going on in Ikoyi and Banana Island and as justification asked property owners in the affected areas to come forth with their planning permit granted for their building construction accompanied with pieces of evidence of their stage certification obtained from the Lagos state building control agency (LASBCA) or have their building sealed.
This disclosure, according to the ministry’s Public Affairs Director was made during the commissioner’s routine on special enforcement operation on Saturday 13th June 2020.
Salako was quoted as saying that the rate at which Developers in those said areas flout planning laws by going ahead to erect buildings without a necessary permit are disturbing; adding that the act is inimical to the Sustainable development of our environment as it must be curtailed in the interest of all.
“Property owners in Ikoyi and Banana Island must produce on-demand their planning permit and evidence of state certification or risk their property being sealed up in furtherance of the state policy on zero tolerance for illegal developments”
“The exercise would be extended to other parts of the state to send strong signals of government’s determination to guard the state operative development plans and curb illegal physical development, stating that over 56 buildings/building construction sites have been sealed since the beginning of the Special Enforcement Operation midweek”.
“Our enforcement team is a joint operation that consist of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and other special operation teams in Governor’s office to sensitize the built environment in Lagos state”
“Therefore, we urged those whose property was sealed due to these infractions to report to the Office of the Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, to perfect their documents”.