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LASG seals 52 buildings for going against approved plans

By Idowu Abdullahi

No fewer than 52 buildings in Lekki and Amuwo-Odofin area of Lagos State have been sealed by the government as part of its efforts towards ensuring full compliance with the state’s physical planning laws.

It explained the action, as well as the renewed enforcement, was part of the government initiative to curb menace of illegal, unapproved building constructions across the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, said the sealing was a testament to the government resolve in leaving no stone unturned in its enforcement drive aimed at achieving full compliance to provision of laws as per construction works in the state.

Salako, through a statement released to newsmen by the Ministry’s Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Mukaila Sanusi, on Friday, maintained that the government would through the on-going special enforcement operations crackdown on property owners and developers found to be breaking government’s seals on properties sealed for various abuses of physical planning laws of the state.

The Commissioner who directed the resealing of commercial development on Lugard Avenue in Ikoyi for various infractions of building code noted that some developers were in the habit of breaking government’s seal to carry out construction overnight, an act, he said, was further endangering both the structures and people’s lives.

He, therefore, warned those who are in the habit of breaking government seals to desist from such acts or face the full wrath of the law.

He enjoined all developers to always secure a planning permit from Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority(LASPPPA) and notify the Lagos State Building Control Agency(LASBCA) prior to the commencement of any construction works.

Salako, however, urged residents to support government effort to curb the menace of illegal, unapproved development as he supervised the sealing of 52  unapproved structures in different parts of the State.

41 of these structures were sealed on Fastac link Road in Amuwo Odofin Local Government area, while the remaining 11 structures were sealed in Ikoyi-Obalende Local Council Development Area and Eti-Osa Local Government Area in locations such as Awolowo Road, Igbo Efon and Ikate Elegushi.

“I urge all Lagosians to be part of the vanguard to checkmate the menace of illegal building construction by tipping off the authorities when you discover any illegal development, as it has been observed that some developers build overnight in order to circumvent procedure” the statement read.

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