Lagos State Government says it asked 56 property owners sealed in Ikoyi and on the Banana Island axis to produce their building plan permits and evidence of stage certification, adding that it was their failure to do so that necessitated its action.
This was made known by the state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, in a statement made available to ALSC
He said that the government was alarmed at the rate of unapproved and illegal structures springing up in Ikoyi and on Banana Island of the state.
“The exercise continues to send strong signals of government’s determination to guard the State Operative Development Plans Also, it is meant to curb illegal physical developments as the buildings/building construction sites sealed since the beginning of the Special Enforcement Operation midweek have reached 56 in number.
“On Saturday alone, 22 were sealed for building permit and conformity issues. Of this total, 16 were sealed on Banana Island whilst six were sealed at Adeyemi Lawson, Mcpherson, and surrounding streets in Ikoyi,” he said and urged the affected property owners to report to his office at the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja to perfect their documents.
Salako advised property owners and developers to always obtain valid documents from the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) before they start construction.
“The rate at which developers in these elite areas flout our planning laws by going ahead to erect buildings without the necessary permits is disturbing.
“This untoward act that is inimical to the sustainable development of our environment must be curtailed in the interest of all,” he said.