Following Governor Babajide Sanwoolu’s directive, a joint team comprising the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), and the Lagos Task Force on Wednesday 26th of April, 2023 carried out an operation in Banana Island, Lagos.
The operation was aimed at ensuring the safety and security of residents by removing illegal buildings that had been erected without approval.
The move to remove the illegal structures came in the wake of a recent building collapse in the area, which had raised concerns about the safety of buildings in the high-end residential neighbourhood.
Governor Sanwoolu, who had been conducting routine inspections of construction sites in the area, had ordered the joint task force to identify and remove all structures without the necessary approval.
The operation was conducted with the utmost professionalism, and the team worked diligently to ensure that all illegal structures were removed without causing harm to residents or damaging any property. The swift action of the government in enforcing building regulations in the area is a testament to its commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all Lagosians.
However, over the years, there has been an increase in the number of illegal buildings in the area. Many developers have taken advantage of the high demand for property in Banana Island to construct buildings without proper approvals from the relevant authorities. This has led to an increase in the number of substandard buildings in the area, which pose a significant risk to residents.
The collapse of a building in the area recently was a wake-up call for the Lagos State government to take action. The incident highlighted the need for the government to take a proactive approach to building control and regulation in the state.
The removal of illegal buildings in Banana Island is a step in the right direction towards ensuring that only structures that meet the required standards are allowed to exist. The exercise, which was carried out by LASBCA, LASPPPA, and the Lagos State Task Force, is thorough and comprehensive.
The removal of illegal buildings in Banana Island is just one step towards improving building control and regulation in Lagos State. The government has also put in place measures to ensure that all new buildings in the state meet the required standards. This includes the enforcement of building codes and regulations, the provision of building permits, and the inspection of all new buildings before they are occupied.
The government has also encouraged developers and property owners in the state to comply with building codes and regulations to ensure that their buildings are safe for habitation. This is essential for the safety and security of all residents in the state, as well as for the sustainable development of the state.
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