For what it described as Physical Planning infractions, the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has sealed 43 structures along Airport road, specifically 13 banks and 13 hotels for violating the physical planning law of the state.
A statement made available to Urban Express News-online through the Director of Media Affairs, Mr Mukaila Sanusi said; the commissioner, Dr Salako, while supervising the sealing of the erring structures hinted that the buildings, most of which are in use, were either built without planning permission or without conforming to their approval procedure.
The commissioner was quoted as saying that the area is an international gateway to Lagos state and must not be allowed to be defaced with illegal development without approvable planning laws of the state.
The statement put further; “it is by enforcing strict compliance to laws and regulations that we can halt the pervasive incidence of illegal and unapproved buildings, protect the operative Development plans of the state and sustains an orderly, organised and livable environment”.
“We urge those buying or renting properties to ensure that such properties had planning permits and certificate of fitness for habitation in order to avoid their property being sealed”.
Salako said the enforcement is in continuation of the efforts commenced some weeks back to eliminate the menace of illegal buildings with the understanding of sanitizing the built environment within the state.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state Commissioner of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Salako has also hinted that he will not succumb to blackmail in his enforcement activities in ensuring that property owners build right.
Salako who made this remark in an interview with some selected journalists, added that the ongoing activities shall remain despite an attempt by some Developers and property owner’s discredit on the media.
His word; “please understand that the importance of these exercises could not be overemphasized as it is in furtherance of the ideals of the (T.H.E.M.E.S) “Transport and Traffic Management, Health and Environment, Education& Technology, Making Lagos a 21st-century economy, Entertainment and tourism& Security and Governance agenda of Government in Lagos state”
Salako made reference to a particular section of an online media platform whose attempt it is to discredit the enforcement exercise on its bids at ensuring that property owners build right and avoid unwarranted calamities which gave rise to its decision sealing Banks, Hotels and corporate entities with a location along the Nation’s Airport situated in the state.
He added; “There is the need for journalists to be ethical, more with integrity and doing investigative journalism before publishing reports, which if not, may eventually become biased and unbalanced reportage”.
Salako said contrary to claims of the writer, the enforcement exercise authorized and carried out enforcements in a most civilized manner, sequel to notices to all affected properties to make their planning permit handy for signing by enforcement team.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the exercise is not targeted at particular individual, groups or association but designed to rid the state of illegal building, as this exercise has equally taken place in Ikoyi, lekki, Amuwo Odofin, Awolowo Road and Magodo environment”.
“While urging Developers and property owners to rather cooperate with the state government instead of resorting to cheap blackmail, which according to him, won’t solve the challenges but possess more risk to them, rather request all at ensuring that every property owners built right.
“Let us all resolve to avoid haphazard and unapproved developments that dot every part of Lagos and subscribe to a saner and acceptable method of following the due process in building construction as that is what is safe and best for all, he said