Lagos Government faults owners of demolished structures on contravention notices
Vows to Rid State Of Illegal Structures
Contrary to media reports, Lagos State Government has said it duly served notices to owners of the buildings demolished in Ikoyi, before the buildings were pulled down, stressing that it would not relent in its efforts to rid the state of illegal structures.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the government said it had noted with dismay, the flagrant disobedience of building regulations and has therefore resolved to ensure removal of all structures that are in contravention of the law.
“In our effort to maintain a sustainable, organised, liveable and friendly environment, Government will not renege on its declared stance of zero tolerance for structures and properties without development permit or approved building plans,” the commissioner stated.
He also warned that all those who choose to erect illegal structures in violation of Lagos State laws in order to take advantage of third parties will not only have those structures removed but will also be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
On the issue of the buildings demolished in Ikoyi, the Commissioner disclosed that they were situated in an area originally designated as residential area, noting that the developers unilaterally and without recourse to the State Government commenced development of industrial and commercial concerns there, thereby distorting the master plan and security of the area.
Ayorinde said the State Government would not succumb to blackmail in any form, pointing out that , “we have documentary evidence of service of all statutory notices, the buildings were also marked with the X red oxide to also call the attention of the owners to physical planning contraventions.”
“Having served the Statutory Contravention Notices on the offending structures and when owners of such structures failed to remove them within the statutory notice period, we were compelled to remove such structures,” he said, adding that the government is committed to following due process in enforcing provisions of the law on the subject matter.
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