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Lagos government insists planning information is free

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Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako


The Lagos State government has re-emphasised that intending developers could obtain planning information free of charge.

In a statement signed on Friday by Mr Mukaila Sanusi, spokesman for the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, said the information could be obtained through the Physical Planning Department of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.

The statement said the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, said this on Thursday, while presenting a progress report on the Lagos State Electronic Physical Planning System developed by his ministry.

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Salako explained that planning information was important for guiding developers on the assigned use of sites intended for building constructions.

“Planning information gives information on land use and helps reduce infractions in the built environment,”he said.

The commissioner said the state government had always sustained planning information as social service to the public free of charge.

He advised Lagos residents to take advantage of, “this important service as a prerequisite for determining whether to go ahead or not with a Physical Development Plan in relation to a given site.”

He said accessibility to the services had consistently improved the state’s Ease of Doing Business rating whilst contributing to the achievement of the THEMES agenda of making Lagos a 21st Century Economy.

“In view of it’s importance, planning information is being considered as an integral part of the ongoing efforts to adopt electronic physical planning system in the state,” Salako said.

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