Lagos State Govt Demolish illegal Buildings in Banana Island

The Lagos State government recently took action by demolishing an illegal structure on on reclaimed land in Banana Island that obstructed drainage paths.
The demolished building
The demolished building News Agency of Nigeria

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Oluyinka Olumide, who led the exercise also ordered the demolition of illegal fences.

Olumide was accompanied by the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Mr Gbolahan Oki, who decried the rate at which property owners and developers disregarded building code, hence, the demolition to compel compliance.

LASBCA operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, ensuring that construction projects adhere to established guidelines. by the relevant ministry responsible for such matters.

The demolished structure had previously violated a suspension order issued by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. During an assessment visit earlier in the year, it was discovered that the developer had engaged in illegal dredging of the river to create reclaimed land without obtaining necessary approvals.

“We need to stop people’s believe that they are above the law, once you have law, every body is supposed to be controlled by the law which is supposed to guide the society.

“Here, lawless activities are taking place whereby people are on thier own deliberately reclaiming land for the purpose of their own developments which is very bad.

“The power line was even made at the centre of the lagoon, the ceiling is almost reaching the power line which is not safe for human habitation,” he said.

The General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Mr Gbolahan Oki, said the construction site had been sealed three times but the developers broke government seal to continue working.

Oki said the developers did not have building plan approvals and did not have layout approvals.He advised residents to always carry out the necessary checks and documentations by visiting the district offices across local governments to get the right information.

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