As the Lagos State Government implements the cleaning of the city, the Lagos State Building Control Agency has shut 19 buildings for alleged violation of the town planning laws in Igbogbo Baiyeku, in the Ikorodu area of the state.
According to the General Manager of the agency, Abiola Kosegbe, he led the enforcement team of LASBCA on the operation.
It was gathered that churches owned by the Redeemed Christian Church of God and the Cherubim and Seraphim Church on Bamgbose Street were also affected buildings.
According to a statement on Sunday, eight other buildings were shut because their owners did not have permits, among other required documents.
Kosegbe said that his teams have embarked on the operation to let residents know that they must build right in view of incessant building collapse in some parts of the state.
He explained further that developers that did not notify the government about the development of their structure could be arrested.
The Lagos state-building control agency boss said most of the properties sealed had already been served abatement notices.
He said that the agency also engaged in post-construction audits, where those who had already completed their buildings were asked to present documents to ascertain if they got the needed permits to erect such structures.
According to the Chairman of Igbogbo Baiyeku Local Council Development Area, Olusesan Daini, that he also participated to the enforcement, and to save lives.
He concluded that the problem we have is that people don’t build right. Affected residents are to go to LASBCA to regularise their documents. The government is not doing this alone to generate revenue, but to protect the citizens.”