Segun James

The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has taken its enforcement action in the town of Sapata along the Eti-Osa regional road in the Ibeju-Lekki region of the state , where more than 40 residential buildings were sealed off for violating state building construction law.

Commissioner for Land Use Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, who personally led the exercise, said it became necessary to proceed with the execution as the estate owners/developers were not building in accordance with state planning laws and building codes. .

Salako pointed out that most of the axis owners/developers engage in indiscriminate development of buildings without necessary documentation or approvals, thus distorting the layout of the area with haphazard construction without drainages, setbacks and other major facilities.

He noted that despite several undertakings with owners/developers to stop all illegal construction work, government advice and directives were ignored, pointing out that avoiding building codes was not allowed. to prevent the building from collapsing.

“Over the past few weeks, we had reason to interact with the developers and even issue a press release, asking them to stop working on their sites, but they blatantly refused and continued with their activities. illegal,” he added.

The Commissioner affirmed that the Lagos State Government, mindful of the welfare of every Lagos resident, would spare no effort to ensure that the buildings in Lagos are safe, secure and livable for present and future generations.

On his part, the chief executive of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki, said the agency was proactive in quelling early cases of building collapses by identifying and quickly stopping illegal developments before they are completed.

Oki said that prior to the sealing, the owners/developers received notices of the traffic tickets and asked to stop work, but all notices were ignored, prompting the agency to take action by sealing and removing a part of the buildings harmful to the well-being of the inhabitants.

He further stated that the agency will continue to do its best in ensuring that owners/developers build properly by obtaining all necessary approvals while involving the LASBCA at every stage of their construction projects to reduce the threat. collapse of buildings in Lagos.