In a bid to sanitise and propel compliance in the built industry the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) is set to demolish all illegal structures/shanties at Ogombo, in Eti-Osa LGA of the State.
The General Manager of LASBCA, Arc. Gbolahan Owodunni Oki disclosed this on Friday during a press briefing held at the Agency’s Headquarters in Ikeja GRA, Lagos.
Oki also stated that most of the illegal structures/shanties in the area were built on government land by building owners/developers who acquired land illegally with total disregard for the State Building Codes.
The General Manager further stated that the issue of illegal construction on government land in Ogombo area started several years ago despite efforts by relevant government agencies to dislodge and dissuade the illegal occupants on the land without success.
“This issue has been going on around Ogombo, Eti-Osa area of the state in the last five years, and l have been on it for one and a half years. Hence, we are doing the needful by removing the illegal structures because the government must perform its duty”, he stated.
He also explained that before the demolition of any illegal structure/shanty, all necessary Statutory Notices must be served to the owners or developers of such properties, ranging from, Contravention, Stop-Work, Quit and Demolition Notices.
Oki lamented the rate of illegal sales of government land by Land-Grabbers to owners/developers without proper documentation and compliance with State Building Codes, enjoining the building public to always embark on proper research in other to know lands that are free for building construction in the State.
“Due diligence must be followed when acquiring land for building construction in the State because the government will henceforth remove buildings that are built on illegally acquired government lands”, he added.