Lagos govt unveils plans for massive crackdown on illegal buildings

In 2024, the Lagos State Government intends to crack down on illegal buildings.

This was announced by Dr Oluyinka Olumide, the Commissioner for Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, in a recent statement issued by the Director of Public Affairs, LASPPA, Abimbola Emdin-Umehin Lagos.

Dr Olumide emphasized that the state government will no longer tolerate any form of illegality.

His remarks were made in response to the resumption of enforcement activities carried out by officials from the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority in the Ikeja area.

He expressed his dissatisfaction with a particular building under construction on Isaac John Street, near Oba Dosunmu Street in GRA Ikeja. While the developer had been granted permission by the authority for a 6-floor mixed-use construction, they were allegedly found to have illegally added two additional floors to the ongoing project.

“The developer must meet all attached conditions for the property to be regularised or to remove the additional two floors illegally added before the building can be unsealed.

“The Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development will work closely with relevant agencies to identify and penalise offenders.

“The government will not tolerate any violations of the laws and will take necessary actions against those who engage in illegal development activities.

“With the start of Y2024, the Lagos State Government is determined to crack down on unlawful development activities and ensure strict adherence to the physical planning permit laws, emphasising the importance of maintaining order and creating a safe and organised environment for all residents of Lagos”, he stated.

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