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Building collapse: Lagos declares night construction illegal

By Yinka  Kolawole
In its continued bid to curtail the spate of building collapse in the state, the Lagos State government has warned citizens against building of houses at night and on Sunday to guide against collapse of structures in the state.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development in Lagos, Mrs Oluwatoyin Ajayi, gave the warning during an interactive session with stakeholders in Ikeja and Onigbongbo Local Government Areas, to sensitise members of the public on ‘Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2010’.

Responding to questions on why it is inappropriate to build at night and on Sunday, she declared that such actions are illegal according to the provisions of the law. According to her, only big construction companies could build at night in order to complete the project in line with the time frame they have been given. She noted that this is so because such companies have floodlight to illuminate the project site when they are building at night.

Ajayi pointed out that it would be difficult to supervise project at night in order to ensure that standards are followed.

Also speaking at the forum, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Toyin Ayinde, it has become crucial for people to understand the provisions of the law so as to prevent infringement.

“With the law, government is trying to promote physical planning orderliness and sustainability and at least, it has been said that order makes way for increase. We have to plan our environment well so that we can have a better society tomorrow. What government is trying to do now is akin to what other developed world did in the past and their environment is so orderly.

“We are living witnesses to what happened recently as a result of an early morning storm. It is appropriate now that we begin to obey planning regulations and laws. We are to cease this opportunity to solicit your support and co-operation without which we can’t make any meaningful progress. Gone are the days when people build houses without involving the professionals,” he said.


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