The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has partnered with the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to remove 12 illegal buildings located at I.K. Peters Street, Ajao Estate in the Oshodi-Isolo L.G.A. area of Lagos State.
These buildings were marked for demolition because they were constructed without the necessary approvals, and they were in close proximity to aviation fuel pipelines. Some of these buildings were even sitting directly on the pipelines, which is a disaster waiting to happen.
The General Manager of LASBCA, Arc. Gbolahan Owodunni Oki, stated that the owners and occupants of these illegal structures have been served with all the necessary notices.
Furthermore, FAAN disclosed that they had raised concerns about the situation to the residents of the area as far back as 2016, but there was no positive response. It is essential to address the issue of illegal buildings because it poses a significant threat to public safety.
The close proximity of these buildings to the aviation fuel pipelines is particularly worrying, as any mishap could have catastrophic consequences. The removal of these structures is a necessary step to prevent a disaster from happening and ensure that safety measures are put in place.
To prevent a disaster from occurring, LASBCA is set to remove all illegal developments, including permanent and temporary structures. The agency is working in line with the Lagos State Government’s call for zero tolerance for illegal structures, buildings without necessary approvals, and construction works with disregard for setbacks, as well as the sitting of pipelines, among other critical factors that can aid in the attainment of good and sustainable physical development.
According to Section 47 of the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2019 (as amended), LASBCA is empowered to tackle illegal physical development by identifying and removing illegal structures across the state.
Moreover, it is imperative that all property owners in Lagos State follow due process and obtain the necessary approvals before constructing any building.
The state government has called for zero tolerance for illegal structures, buildings without necessary approvals, and construction works with disregard for setbacks, as well as the sitting of pipelines, among other critical factors that can aid in the attainment of good and sustainable physical development.
The government’s zero-tolerance policy for illegal structures is a step in the right direction towards achieving good and sustainable physical development in Lagos State.
The partnership between LASBCA and FAAN to remove 12 illegal buildings located near aviation fuel pipelines in Lagos State is a commendable effort towards ensuring public safety. It is crucial that all stakeholders work together to ensure that physical development in Lagos State is done in a sustainable and safe manner.
LASBCA is not relenting in its efforts to tackle the issue of illegal buildings in Lagos State. The agency has been conducting regular checks and identifying illegal structures across the state. The agency has also been collaborating with other government agencies and stakeholders to achieve its goals.
The public has a role to play in reporting any illegal construction, and property owners must obtain the necessary approvals before constructing any building. With everyone playing their part, Lagos State can achieve good and sustainable physical development.
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