Nigeria: Lagos Seals 22 Buildings, Threatens to Seal More Without Planning Permit

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Lagos — The Lagos State government has asked property owners at Ikoyi and Banana Island to produce, on demand, the planning permits granted them for their building construction, as well as evidence of stage certification obtained from the State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).

The government warned that the property of owners who could not produce such documents would be sealed up, in furtherance of its policy of 'Zero Tolerance' for illegal developments.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, expressed, during the continuation of the special enforcement operations in Ikoyi and environs on Saturday, dismay at the high rate of infractions discovered along the axis since the beginning of the special enforcement operation last week.

Salako noted that during the enforcement on Saturday alone, 22 buildings were sealed in Banana Island and Ikoyi for lack of building permits and conformity issues.

He urged those whose buildings were sealed due to these infractions to report to the Office of the Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development at Alausa, Ikeja, to perfect their documents.

According to Salako, the rate at which developers in the elite areas had been flouting the state's planning laws by erecting buildings without the necessary permits was disturbing.

"The untoward act that is inimical to the sustainable development of our environment must be curtailed in the interest of all," he maintained.

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