Olusegun Ariyo

Affirming its stand on zero tolerance for illegal physical Developments, the Lagos state government says it has halted an ongoing construction situated at the old federal secretariat, the other part of Ikoyi.

In a statement titled; Lagos State Government Says No To Illegal Developments As It Halts Building Construction At Old Secretariat, Other Part of Ikoyi; and that which was made Available to urban Express-News Online through the Director of Media Affairs, Mukaila Sanusi, at the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning And Urban Development said after acting on the report of the ministry’s monitoring team, the commissioner, Dr Idris  Salako,  visited the old secretariat in the company of the Special Adviser to the governor on urban Development, Hon Ganiyu Adele  Ayuba and the ministry’s permanent secretary, Arc Foluso Dipe where it was Discovered unapproved construction activities was ongoing and ordered all construction workers out of the site before the sealing of the premises.  

The statement put further that the commissioner also directed the sealing of seven other buildings in different parts of Ikoyi over non-conformity with the physical planning laws of the state, among which is the illegal building construction at Obed’s court, luggard Avenue owned by Fulham property Development and Management company limited.

Salako stated that more stringent action might be taken against the illegal construction of the obed court which according to him, is being done in flagrant contravention of Lagos state urban and regional planning and Development law, 2019.

His word: “The promoters of Obed’s court on luggard Avenue have committed all known infractions of the physical planning laws of Lagos state, including erecting a building without planning permit, giving room for over density and violation of adequate air space required for buildings”.

“The company is responsible for the illegal construction that would be made answerable for the observed contravention, including the repeated breaking of government seals on the building”.

It is high time that property owners and developers come to terms with the reality of the fact that no physical development would be allowed to go on without recourse to the Lagos state government for physical planning purposes, the statement reads!

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