In his words “over the past few weeks, we have had cause to interact with the developers and even issue Press statement, asking them to stop work on their sites but they blatantly refused and continued their illegal activities”.
PEGASUS REPORTERS, LAGOS | OCTOBER 29, 2021
The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has taken its enforcement drive to Sapata Town, along the Regional road in Eti Osa area of the State where more than forty residential buildings were sealed for various contraventions.
Speaking during the enforcement activity, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako said that it had become necessary to carry out the enforcement as owners/developers of the estate were not building according to physical planning laws and building codes of the State.
Salako pointed out that most of the owners /developers in that axis indiscriminately erected buildings without necessary documentations and approvals, thereby distorting the layout of the area by constructing haphazardly without drainage, Setbacks and other major facilities.
He noted that despite several engagements with the owners/developers to stop all illegal construction works, they went ahead ignoring government notices and directives.
He added that shunning building codes was not permissible as it could lead to building collapse.
In his words” over the past few weeks, we have had cause to interact with the developers and even issue Press statement, asking them to stop work on their sites but they blatantly refused and continued their illegal activities”.
He maintained that the Lagos State Government, being interested in the well-being of every Lagosian, would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that Lagos buildings are safe, secure and habitable for present and future generations.
On his own part, the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency Arc. Gbolahan Oki said that the Agency was being proactive in nipping in the bud cases of building collapse by quickly identifying and stopping illegal developments before they get completed.
Arc. Oki said that prior to the sealing, the owners/ developers had been issued notices on the contraventions and asked to stop work but all the notices were ignored, prompting the Agency to take action by sealing and removing part of buildings inimical to the well-being of the inhabitants.
He further said that the Agency would continue to do its best by ensuring that owners/developers build right by obtaining all necessary Approvals and involving LASBCA in every stage of their building projects to reduce drastically the menace of building collapse.
Adetayo Akitoye Asagba is Chief Public Affairs Officer, LASBCA.
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