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Sanwo-Olu frowns on delay in building plan, permit approvals

By Guardian Nigeria
07 October 2021   |   4:07 am
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, condemned the long wait usually encountered by private property developers in obtaining planning permits and building approvals in the state.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu (left), children and relatives of the late Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu and Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (rtd), during a day of tributes in his honour of Kanu, organised by the Lagos State Government, in Lagos… yesterday.

Names Gbagada Housing Estate after Ndubuisi Kanu
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, condemned the long wait usually encountered by private property developers in obtaining planning permits and building approvals in the state.

He, therefore, warned the supervising directors at Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) against sharp practices.

Besides, he directed the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and its agencies to simplify the approval process for permits to speed up the issuance.

Sanwo-Olu, who spoke at the launch of a rebranded Certificate of Completion and Fitness for Habitation with the objective to safeguard residents’ lives and address the root causes of building collapse, said all buildings in Lagos would now be issued licence, for safe habitation.

The governor, who described the initiative as a “game-changer,” said the financial and emotional loss that usually followed incident of building collapse led to the design of the innovative approach to control physical development and safeguard people’s lives.

IN another development, Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, named the State Housing Estate in Gbagada after the late leader of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) and former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd).

He said the estate, which is expected to be commissioned later this year, was named after Kanu to demonstrate to others that Lagos will never forget her heroes.

In a statement, he said: “It is our hope that every time outstanding and heroic leadership is recognised and rewarded, new leaders will be inspired to emerge and continue from where the departing generation left off.”

Also speaking during a Day of Tributes in honour of Kanu organised by the Lagos State Government at the Blue Roof, LTV Complex, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu described the deceased as “a most visionary and courageous governor of Lagos State” and an “Outstanding Nigerian.”

He said Nigerians owe Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu and other NADECO comrades gratitude for their selfless and tireless struggle for the entrenchment of democratic system of government in Nigeria.

In his welcome address, Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, described the late Kanu as a man who played his role well and had impacted the lives of Nigerians, worked towards the unity and fought for the actualisation of democracy in Nigeria, as well as an achiever who lived and died for the good of the people.