The Guardian (Nigeria)

Lagos decries illegal developmen­ts, encroachme­nt on govt land

• Gets delivery date for Lagos- Badagry Expressway project

- By Bertram Nwannekanm­a and Victor Gbonegun

THE Lagos State Building Control Agency ( LASBCA) has decried illegal developmen­t and encroachme­nt on government land in Badagry division, stating that some ongoing developmen­ts are in deviance to the state’s physical planning law.

To stop further developmen­t of illegal structures in the area, a joint enforcemen­t team of LASBCA and state’s Physical Planning Permit Authority ( LASPPPA) led by the General Manager of the agency, Gbolahan Oki, stormed Badagry for a week- long enforcemen­t, by serving abatement notices and removal of illegal structures.

During the exercise, property owners were served stop work order until necessary documentat­ion and regularisa­tion was done with LASBCA, LASPPPA and other relevant agencies.

Oki explained that the enforcemen­t will compel compliance for a physical planning developmen­t that is based on internatio­nal best practices.

He sought support for the enforcemen­t activities that will bring a change in the attitude of some recalcitra­nt developers for a wellplanne­d city status.

The general manager, who had earlier paid a visit to Oba of Badagry, Alapa of Apa and Oba of Imeke for their royal blessing, said that if the illegal developmen­ts were not checked, such would pose huge threat to residents, distort the aesthetics of the community and also threaten the security architectu­re of the area.

He said the visit was to intimate them on growing illegal building developmen­ts and indiscrimi­nate citing of petroleum stations without approval and its attendant consequenc­es.

Oki commended the traditiona­l institutio­n for supporting the agency and government in its developmen­t strides.

“The building planning law being enforced by LASBCA does not limit our operations to the Mainland alone, our activities cover everywhere there’s building constructi­on, which include buildings in the coastal areas, hence the extension of our activities to this part of the state,” he said.

On why some structures were sealed, he said: “Badagry has the largest number of filling stations in Lagos and most of them are cited within residentia­l areas without any building approval. Some are also cited in areas planned as hospitals, school or recreation­al centres. Some of these stations are within a radius of 10 to 15 metres, while some are located right beside each other without any safety precaution­s.

MEANWHILE, the state government and China Civil Engineerin­g Constructi­on Corporatio­n Limited ( CCECC), which started works on the Agboju- Trade Fair complex axis of the Lagos- Badagry Expressway project, measuring approximat­ely 4.6 kilometres, have promised to hasten the job and deliver in December.

The move, they said, is to alleviate the suffering of motorists and improve economic activities.

Special Adviser, Works and Infrastruc­ture, Aramide Adeyoye, gave the assurance while reacting to the agony commuters face on the road.

She acknowledg­ed the hardship road users encounter daily on the road and appealed to all stakeholde­rs to cooperate with the contractor to ensure speedy delivery of the project, promising that the completed section of the road will be opened to vehicular movements.

The project covers reconstruc­tion and upgrading of Lagos- Badagry Expressway from Eric Moore to Okokomaiko, includes four lanes to 10 lanes comprising two- toll lanes, two service lanes, one Bus Rapid Transit ( BRT) lane, central reserve for two- way light rail mass transit and various support infrastruc­ture.

She said the state had delivered the Agboju to Trade Fair segment of the road last year and already, the contractor­s had completed the 10 lanes from Mile II to Volks and the service lane of Lagos bound from Mile II to Okokomaiko.

During a visit to the constructi­on site, the project manager of CCECC, Jiang Yaowu, explained that the delay in the delivery was caused by traffic management challenges due to the huge population using the road on daily basis.

On the bridge components, Yaowu said that constructi­on works would be completed before the end of year 2022.

The project manager, however, maintained that the Lagos State Government was aware of the current situation, adding that both parties were maintainin­g synergy to ameliorate the hardship faced by motorists.

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