Tue. Apr 16th, 2024

By Ojukwu Emmanuel Chiadikaobi

 

In its ongoing efforts to promote urban regeneration and ensure compliance with urban planning regulations, the Lagos State Government (LASG) has intensified its crackdown on illegal structures across the state. Most recently, the LASG targeted areas within Jakande Estate and Maiyegun, where several illegal properties were identified and subsequently demolished.

The operation, led by officials from the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, saw the removal of structures erected without proper approvals or permits. These illegal constructions not only pose safety hazards but also contribute to congestion and hinder the effective management of urban spaces.

According to reports from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, the demolitions were carried out in accordance with the state government’s urban renewal agenda, aimed at creating a more orderly and sustainable urban environment. By removing unauthorized structures, the LASG seeks to free up land for planned development projects and infrastructure improvements that benefit the entire community.

The crackdown on illegal structures is part of a broader initiative by the Lagos State Government to promote responsible urban development and ensure compliance with building regulations. Since the beginning of 2024, the LASG has undertaken numerous demolitions across various neighborhoods in Lagos, targeting areas with high concentrations of unauthorized constructions.

In addition to the demolition exercise, the Lagos State Government has also stepped up enforcement efforts to prevent further encroachment and unauthorized development. This includes increased monitoring and surveillance of construction activities, as well as the implementation of stricter penalties for violations of urban planning regulations.

Commenting on the recent demolitions, a spokesperson for the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development reiterated the government’s commitment to promoting sustainable urban development and creating an enabling environment for investment and economic growth. The spokesperson emphasized the importance of adhering to building regulations and obtaining necessary approvals before embarking on construction projects to avoid legal repercussions.

As the LASG continues its crackdown on illegal structures, residents are urged to comply with urban planning regulations and seek appropriate approvals from relevant government agencies before initiating any building or development activities. By working together to uphold standards of urban planning and development, the Lagos State Government and its residents can ensure the sustainable growth and prosperity of the state for generations to come.

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