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Lagos tackles illegal conversion of Ikeja buildings



Lagos tackles illegal conversion of Ikeja buildings

Owners of over2,000 buildings in Ikeja risk sanctions as the Lagos State government yesterday served them contravention notices for illegal conversion from residential to commercial purposes.


It was learnt that some of the buildings had also violated building approval and added more floors and other adjoining structures to their original structures in contrast to the permit given by the government agencies. Areas effected in the ongoing enforcement of the building plan permit include Aromire Street, Allen Avenue, Toyin Street, Isacc John, GRA, Joel Ogunnaike Street, Oduduwa Street and other streets within Ikeja.


The government accused owners of the buildings in the areas of constituting infractions in the approved building plan and permit. The General Manager, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), Mr. Olufunmilayo Osifuye, a town planner, said most buildings in Ikeja, the state capital, were illegally transformed to commercial use after they had sought permit for residential use.


Speaking on the joint enforcement of the regularisation of the building planning permit which was expected to last for weeks, Osifuye said that government was not planning to demolish the structures but uncomfortable with the flagrant violation of the state building and planning law of the state. He said: “First and foremost we are regularising those properties. Those who have violated the law and built illegally now have a six-month window to what is expected of them.


For instance, if you have built commercial on residential zone, you can now regularise your permit so that you can have legitimacy on the use of the structures.”

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