The Lagos State Government on Thursday warned property developers in the Lekki, Ajah and Eti-Osa areas to comply with the state’s building code to avoid sanctions.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, gave the warning at a meeting with property owners and developers in the area.
He lamented that property developers were distorting the master plan and damaging environmental beauty of Lekki and its environs.
Unveiling a scheme to commence a seamless processing of planning permits, Salako said the sanctity of the revised Ikoyi/Victoria Island Model City Plan and Lekki Comprehensive Master Plan would now be guaranteed.
“Consequently, you are to please note that the approval orders of the plans as applicable, remain the only valid references for any developmental activity that can be carried out in this area until another review is conducted.”
Salako warned that deliberate contravention of approval orders, extant laws and regulations must stop, saying that the ministry would no longer tolerate the unabated distortion of the environment.
He called for an end to illegalities during building authorizations and documentation, noting that offenders would get immediate sanctions henceforth, including demolitions and prosecution.
The commissioner cited illegalities being perpetrated as non-adherence to planning permits, deliberate falsehood in design drawings and construction of buildings after submission, prior to the grant of a planning permit and mandatory stage certification.
“Others are falsification of documents such as mandatory statutory clearances, payment receipts and LIRS tax clearance as well as fake approvals in connivance with third parties.”
He described the sharp practices as criminal offences.
“This meeting is another golden opportunity for you to right the wrongs that had been done in order to avoid serious public embarrassment which the statutory enforcements may cause to you,’’ Salako stated.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mr Ganiyu Ayuba, explained that the role of the ministry was to ensure adherence to planning, orderliness and sustainability in the built environment.
He told builders to always adhere to the procedures.