A clampdown on illegal structures is ongoing in Lagos State towards averting dangers associaree with such buildings.
To achieve this, the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA) and the state’s Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) yesterday, commenced an enforcement against illegal developments with the closure of 35 building sites in the state.
According to reports ,the team was led by the General Manager of LABSCA, Gbolahan Oki, and visits were made to several construction sites and buildings in Eti-Osa, Magodo, Ogudu, Gbagada Phase II, and other parts of Lagos.
Oki,while speaking during the exercise said the 35 sites were sealed for offences that centre on construction without permit and failure to obtain necessary authorisation from authorities.
He stated that officials of the agency sealed a highly distressed building, waiting to collapse at No. 33, Oko Baba Street, Ebute Metta, and dispersed the school children inhabiting the building.
Oki said: “While the officials of LASPPPA were on ground to ascertain and validate the approvals obtained by the various construction sites visited as well as monitor layouts and development schemes, the officers from LABSCA were on ground for identification of distressed and non-conforming building while also inspected and certified various stages of building construction works.”
Speaking further ,Oki said the enforcement drive would be a continuous and pleaded with residents to follow proper channels in processing their construction works and necessary permits from the State Government, reiterating the determination of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration to ensure that buildings in the state are designed, constructed and maintained to high standards of safety to avoid loss of lives and properties.
Recall that the state has recorded series of collapsed building which many believe are attributed to substandard materials and unprofessionalism .