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Lagos warns against fake building planning permit

The Lagos State Government has sounded a strong warning against fake planning permits and illegal building construction without permit in the State.

This comes as the State also sealed up 15 buildings in Bourdillion, Onikan and Banana Island in Ikoyi axis of the State for not having Planning Permits.

The special enforcement operation, includes the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, the Special Operations Team of the Governor’s Office and the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako explained that obtaining Planning Permit from the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) was a necessary pre-condition for commencing building construction in Lagos State.

Dr. Salako added that every developer must in addition approach LASBCA for stage certification and to certify their building safe, complete and habitable, stressing that anything short of this was illegal and unacceptable.

The Commissioner expressed concern at the attitude of some developers who attempt to cut corners, evade due process and end up procuring fake planning permits, adding that it always paid to stick by the rule and do the needful.

He said that stiff penalties would await anyone found possessing or issuing fake planning permits, while emphasising that the State Government would stop at nothing to dissuade unapproved and illegal physical development in its bid to bring about orderly, organised and livable physical environment as envisaged by the agenda of the government.

He stated that a developer who tried to obstruct the special enforcement operation in Ikoyi had been arrested and would be made to face the full wrath of the law as deterrence to others.
He however warned against obstructing officials of the Ministry or her agencies who were on monitoring or enforcement duties as any untoward act towards these public officials would be met with serious penalties in accordance with the law.

Source: Voice of Nigeria