Non-compliance To Building Laws And Regulations Forces Lagos State Govt To Demolish Some Properties In Banana Island.
The Lagos State Enforcement Team has demolished some properties in Banana Island for flouting building laws and regulations. According to the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, who supervised the demolition, the enforcement became necessary because the State Government felt there was a need to do something to stop the growing illegality.
Idris Salako said the State Government has noticed that many residents are building without due recourse to state agencies for approval. The five places visited by the Lagos State Enforcement Team had earlier been served stop-work notice by the Lagos State Building Control Agency. Despite the stop-work notice, construction works were still ongoing in two while the other had fenced the land.
A statement from the ministry reads:
”At 102 Close, K Zone, a section of the lagoon has been reclaimed with just the provision of a narrow drainage for water to flow. As a result the concrete and perimetre fence erected facing the lagoon were pulled down while the building was sealed and the gate locked.
“Also at 306 Close, three two-storey buildings under construction were pulled down for lack of approval to build as the development encroached on the state shoreline.
“Apart from buildings and fences that were pulled down during the enforcement exercise, two people caught doing illegal dredging activities within the area visited were also arrested.”