By Monsuru Olowoopejo
Worried by flagrant erection of structures on government acquired lands, Lagos State government yesterday vowed to go after erring property owners that build on its lands.
General Manager, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, Mr Remi Oni-Orisan, who handed out the warning while hosting members of the Nigeria Institute of Town Planners, Lagos chapter in Ikeja, revealed that building approval now takes 42 days instead of a year or more.
Oni-Orisan said that no one is allowed to erect structures on any government-acquired land, especially those earmarked for public interest.
“If the land is a committed government’s land, no development is allowed. For instance, LASU extension or General Hospital Badagry acquisition, whether the project is built now or meant to be built in future, nobody is expected to trespass on such land,” he added.
Earlier, the Lagos NITP Chairman, Kunle Salami, a town planner, explained that the institute visited the agency to charge the government on other ways of improving on the enforcement of building laws to guarantee safety of residents.
Responding to other issues raised by the Association of Town Planners Consultant, the consulting arm of the town planners, during the visit, Oni-Orisan, said that teething challenges faced by property owners of village excision exercise, would be tackled.