In continuation of its zero-tolerance for illegal building construction, the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, on Friday, served compliance notices on 42 residential buildings and one hotel, while it also sealed seven buildings in various stages of completion in Lekki Phase 1 for not complying with physical planning laws.
The Honourable Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, speaking during a routine compliance monitoring of the area, disclosed that the State Government had warned repeatedly that it will not condone illegal building construction as they are inimical to orderly and sustainable development of the State.
“I wish to emphasise again that owners and developers should make the necessary effort to apply and obtain Planning Permits before construction. They also must endeavour to make recourse to the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) for stage certification in order to certify their building safe, complete and habitable”, he said.
He enjoined Lagosians and professionals in the built environment to appreciate the merit of safety, orderliness and organised setting, in compliance with the Planning Laws of the State, in addition to preventing the menace of building collapse.
Salako reiterated that it is imperative for all property owners or developers to obtain Planning Permits before construction and conform to the dictates of the Permit during building construction.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mr. Ganiyu Adele Ayuba, who was also present during the monitoring exercise, stated that members of the public should endeavour to report illegal building construction in their neighbourhoods, adding that doing so is in the best interest of all.