11 January 2013

Nigeria: Ebute-Metta - Burnt Structures Need New Building Approvals - Fashola

Lagos — LAGOS State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, yesterday said owners of structures razed in Market Street, Ebutte-Metta, Yaba Local Government would not be allowed to rebuild their structures until they got genuine building approvals.

Night fire had on Tuesday razed over 50 structures and displaced about 3, 500 residents of the area.

The governor, after inspecting the damage caused by the Tuesday inferno, said "This is the beginning of our separation plan which is to demarcate the traders from the residents.

"It is time for everyone to begin to move their property away from this place and relocate to the new accommodation provided by the government in Ikosi axis of the state. We have also included over 3,000 houses along with the new location.

"All these would be delivered very soon. The place is well constructed with all the necessary amenities. We cannot allow you to rebuild here until we clear this place out. And no one would be allowed to rebuild his stall without acquiring a genuine town planning approval from the state Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development."

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