Lagos promises building approval in 24 days

Sesan Olufowobi

The Lagos State Government has vowed to go after property developers and owners without proper title documents and due process.

The government added that slow processing of documents could no longer be used as an excuse, saying building approval presently took 42 days instead of a year.

The General Manager, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, Mr. Remi Oni-Orisan, during a visit of members of the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners, Lagos chapter, to his office in Ikeja, also said nobody was allowed to encroach on any government acquired land committed for a project of public interest.

The LASPPPA boss said, “If the land is a committed government’s land, no development is allowed. For instance, we have land for Lagos State University extension and Badagry General Hospital acquisition. Whether the project is built now or meant to be built in the future, nobody is expected to trespass on such land.

“There are other parcels of land for development, but they must follow a process. Before anybody buy or build on any land, ask LASPPPA. It is when you follow the due process that the government can guarantee the safety of the structure.

“The state government will continue to ensure processing of building approval within 24 days. Applicants must comply with the due process, including payment of taxes.”

Oni-Orisan also urged the town planners to address the issue of quacks in the profession.

Earlier, the Lagos NITP Chairman, Kunle Salami, explained that the institute was in the agency to hold dialogue with the government on other ways of enforcing building laws.

On government’s policy of giving some parcels of land to villages, Salami said government should ensure that proper layouts of such villages were conducted to prevent haphazard development.

He added that the institute was ready to partner the state government to ensure liveable environment.

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