The Lagos State Government on Wednesday affirmed its zero tolerance for illegal physical development as it stopped illegal building construction within the premises of
the old Federal Secretariat and other parts of Ikoyi.
Acting on the report of the Ministry’s monitoring team, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako visited the old Federal Secretariat, Ikoyi in the company of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Hon. Ganiyu Adele Ayuba and the Permanent Secretary, Arc. Foluso Dipe, where he discovered unapproved construction activities going on and ordered all construction workers out of site before the sealing of the premises.
The Commissioner also directed the sealing of 7 other buildings in different parts of Ikoyi for non- conformity with the Physical Planning laws of the State, among which is the illegal building construction at Obed’s Court, Lugard Avenue by Fulham Property Development and Management Company Limited.
Salako stated that more stringent actions might be taken against the illegal construction of the Obed’s Court which is being done in flagrant contravention of the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2019.
He said: ” the promoters of the Obed’s Court on Lugard Avenue have commited all known infractions of the Physical Planning laws of Lagos State, including errecting building without Planning Permit, creating over density and violating the adequate air space requirement for buildings among others”
He added that Fulham Property Development and Management Company Limited that is responsible for the illegal construction would be made answerable for the observed contraventions, including the repeated breaking of Government Seals on the building.
” It is high time that property owners and Developers came to terms with the fact that no physical development would be allowed to go on without recourse to the Lagos State Government for Physical Planning purposes” he said.
Assistant Director, Public Affairs
23rd September, 2020