The Lagos State Government, through the Lagos State Planning Permission Authority (LASPPPA), has sealed and issued contravention notices to at least 16 residential and commercial buildings in Ikeja and its surroundings for illegal development in the region.
The illegal developments that led to the action of the state government contravene the Ikeja Model City Plan and the state land use planning law.
LASPPPA chief executive Kehinde Osinaike, who led the execution team made up of agency officials, Nigerian police officers and a special operations team from the governor’s office, said the affected structures are located in Joel Ogunaike, Isaac John and Ladoke Akintola streets. to Ikeja GRA among others.
What the CEO of LASPPPA says
Osinaike pointed out that exercise was necessary to ensure compliance by owners, noting that GRA is intended to be a structured residential estate and part of the Ikeja Model Town Plan.
He said, “We have Ikeja’s model town plan that defined how the environment should be, but some developers and homeowners have overlooked the plan. Prior to preparing the Ikeja Model City Plan, a series of stakeholder engagements took place. We all agreed and concluded that it is important that we preserve the sanctity of this GRA and that is what we are here to do.”
He explained that the buildings have received all the necessary notices as provided for in the regulations.
The boss of LASPPPA said: âWe have observed over time that there are many illegal developments in Ikeja and that it is not good for the environment and the state as a whole. The government cannot wait and watch the various tickets continue â.
While stressing that Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration would not allow these illegal practices to continue, he noted that developments are not in tandem with the 21st century state that the government is in the process of build and urged those concerned to respond appropriately or to comply voluntarily with the law.
He said, “What we expect from people is voluntary compliance. But when a few people think they can take the law into their own hands, we won’t allow that to happen. This enforcement exercise will continue as long as people continue to violate and tamper with state law â.
“We want to make sure that we release everyone who shouldn’t be there, seal the sites and continue to monitor them until the necessary is done but if the need arises to tear down, we will not hesitate to do so. They think they can make laws for themselves, but we won’t allow it. It is a rule of law and order, hence the need to ensure the prevalence of law and order â, he added.
Commenting on the development, LASPPPA Ikeja district official Razak Elegbede said some of the violations included the illegal conversion of residential buildings to commercial buildings by developers or landowners without obtaining approval.
He said, “What some of them build or have built is allowed, but they have to get the permits for them. In addition, what some people are building or have built is not allowed because it violates the law on land use planning of the state. ”
What you should know
The Lagos State government has always requested developers and landowners to ensure that they obtain the approval of the relevant state authorities before proceeding with their construction so as not to distort the physical development master plan of state and statewide ecosystem.
Failure to abide by this rule has led the state government to undertake a law enforcement campaign with the closure and sometimes demolition of illegal structures across the state.
These demolitions took place in areas such as Lekki Phase 1, Ikoyi, Ikeja, Ogudu GRA, Magodo, Ajao Estate, etc.
In addition, the state government is enforcing stricter controls and regulations for real estate developers due to the growing number of collapsed buildings that have claimed many lives in the state.