LAGOS, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 – The Lagos State Government has charged residents in the state to follow due process in building construction as approved for them so as to have a conducive environment and halt building collapse.
The government gave this charge during an interactive meeting organized by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs for the Community Development Committees (CDCs), Community Development Associations (CDAs) and other stakeholders across the State, held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja.
Speaking on behalf of the General Manager, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, the Director, Development Permit Department, Akin Adeshina said there was need for everyone to check the master plan from the Ministry of Physical Planning before embarking on any building construction which would serve as guide for the building structure for individuals and organisations.
He, however, encouraged residents to always apply for planning permit so as to ensure that structures had the right status for renovations and construction in the State
“Planning shapes our environment and the way we live, work and recreate with many advantages when involved in Planning process and preparation of the Area and Planning Permit Consideration,’’ Adeshina said.
The Director, Design Services Department, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Bodunrin Oki, advised the residents to always contact the agency for letter of certification before embarking on any construction, saying that it would forestall illegal and wasteful developments in the State.
He said that the agency`s guideline provided necessary information for residents and developers in compliance with the State Operative Development Plans, adding that many of the contractors were not considering necessary factors such as the building line, property boundary, access roads, car parks and others infrastructural facilities and utilities in the building construction.
Oki urged residents to consult the Material Testing Laboratories to certify all the materials that would be used for construction so as to avert defects leading to building collapse.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Community Affairs, Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri appealed to residents to seek approval from the government before embarking on building construction which would reduce building collapse.
He reiterated that the essence of the interactive meeting was to emphasized the importance attached by the present administration to community development in the State.