Lagos State Government said it has sealed 20 houses at various completion stages in Isheri-North Government Reservation Area of the state.
The Spokesman of Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mukaila Sanusi, who disclosed this, said in a statement that they were sealed for non-compliance with the state’s construction laws.
Dr. Idris Salako, the Commissioner in the Ministry, was quoted in the statement as saying that the builders were not able to produce on demand Planning Permits authorising construction of the buildings.
The commissioner said the government had warned during routine compliance monitoring of the area that it would not condone illegal building construction inimical to orderly and sustainable development.
“I wish to emphasise again that owners and developers should follow the process to apply and obtain Planning Permits before construction, make recourse to the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) for stage certification and indicate that the building is safe, complete and habitable,” he said.
The commissioner advised residents and professionals in the building environment not to view the requirement for Planning Permit from revenue angle alone.
“They should see the merit of safety, orderliness and organised setting, which complies with the Planning Laws of the State, in addition to preventing the menace of building collapse.” He said.