LASG shuts two churches, 17 houses in Iko­rodu

The Punch - - NEWS PHOTO - Sam­son Fo­larin

The La­gos State Build­ing Con­trol Agency has shut 19 build­ings in Ig­bogbo Baiyeku, in the Iko­rodu area for al­leged vi­o­la­tion of the town plan­ning laws of the state.

The Gen­eral Man­ager of the agency, Abi­ola Kosegbe, was said to have led the en­force­ment team of LASBCA on the op­er­a­tion.

Two churches owned by the Redeemed Chris­tian Church of God and the Cheru­bim and Seraphim Church on Bamg­bose Street were among the 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 stated that the team 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.

She said any de­vel­oper that did not no­tify gov­ern­ment about devel­op­ment of their struc­ture could be ar­rested.

The LASBCA boss said most of the prop­er­ties sealed had al­ready been served abate­ment no­tices, adding that the agency also en­gaged in post-con­struc­tion au­dit, 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.

The Chair­man of Ig­bogbo Baiyeku Lo­cal Coun­cil Devel­op­ment Area, Olus­esan Daini, who was said to have par­tic­i­pated in the en­force­ment, noted that the ex­er­cise was to save lives.

he said, “The prob­lem we have is that peo­ple don’t build right. Af­fected res­i­dents are to go to LASBCA to reg­u­larise their doc­u­ments. Gov­ern­ment is not do­ing this alone to gen­er­ate rev­enue, but to pro­tect the ci­ti­zens.”

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