80 percent of buildings in Lekki have no approval – Lagos Govt

Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Oluyinka Olumide, has said that 80 percent of buildings in the Ibeju Lekki-Epe have no government approval.

In an interview with journalists, Olumide disclosed that despite the rigorous processes involved in securing government approval, developers and property owners are still circumventing due process.

He said: “Just last week Thursday and Friday, my team and I were in the Ibeju Lekki and Epe axis and you would agree with me that anybody passing through that corridor would see a lot of estates marked. We went there, and I can tell you that from what we saw, over 80 percent of them do not have approval.

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“The procedure to get approval is first to get the planning information, as to what those areas have been zoned for. In this case, what we have is agricultural land, and people now go to their families to buy agricultural land. Of course, those lands would be sold because those families do not know the use such land would be put to.

“The next thing to do is the fence permit. If you missed the earlier information on not knowing the area zoning, at the point of getting the fence permit, you would be able to detect what the area is zoned for. After that, the layout permits a large expense of land follows.”

“So, you can see all these layers, but people still go ahead to start advertising. Some have even gone to the extent of displaying the sizes they want to sell. Imagine someone in the diaspora who wants to send money without any knowledge.

Even if they pass the assignment and the survey to them, we would not grant the individual permit, because that area is not zoned for that purpose,” he said.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, May 5, Lagos Commissioner for Environment, Tokunbo Wahab said owners of recently demolished property in Maryland had been served notices since 2021.

“We are not just doing demolitions. The law allows us to remove encumbrances on the right of way of the drainage channels,” Wahab said on Channels Television.

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