Lagos govt seals 22 buildings in Ikoyi, Banana Island

•Decries high rate of illegal development

Lagos State government has ordered that a total of 22 buildings be sealed, saying it took the step following the growing rate of unapproved and illegal development going in Ikoyi and Banana Island areas of the state.

Of this total, 16 were sealed on Banana Island while six were sealed at Adeyemi Lawson, Mcpherson and surrounding streets in Ikoyi for lack of building permits and conformity issues.

The State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, gave the directive at the weekend during the continuation of the Special Enforcement Operations led by the officials of the ministry in Ikoyi and environs.

The commissioner, while issuing the directive, urged property owners in those areas to come forth with the planning permits granted for their building construction and also evidence of stage certification obtained from the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) or have their buildings sealed.

Salako said it was disturbing the rate at which developers in these elite areas flouted the State’s planning laws by going ahead to erect buildings without the necessary permits, declaring that the “untoward act,” which he said was inimical to the sustainable development of the environment must be curtailed in the interest of all.

“The rate at which developers in these elite areas flout the State’s planning laws by going ahead to erect buildings without the necessary permits is disturbing. The untoward act that is inimical to the sustainable development of our environment must be curtailed in the interest of all,” he said.

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According to the commissioner, property owners in Ikoyi and Banana Island must produce, on-demand, their planning permits and evidence of stage certification or risk their property being sealed up in furtherance of the state policy of “Zero Tolerance” for illegal developments.

Salako, while maintaining that the government intended to extend the exercise to other parts of the state, declared that the present administration was determined to guard the operative development plans and curb illegal physical developments in Lagos.

He, however, urged those whose property was sealed due to these infractions to report to the Office of the Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja to perfect their documents.

It would be recalled that the Special Enforcement Operation is a joint exercise by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and the Special Operations Team in the Governor’s Office to sanitise the built environment in the state.

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