By Monsuru Olowoopejo
Lagos—The Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, weekend shut down five illegal bonded terminals and four other buildings, including a cinema in Ajegunle, Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state for contravening the state’s building development plans.
LABSCA officials, accompanied by officials of the state taskforce, stormed the council and shutdown the affected terminals and structures.
Some of the terminals shutdown during the enforcement were Queena Bonded Terminal and Don Climax Bonded Terminal.
Among the buildings sealed were popular Godday Cinema that had existed for decades in Ajegunle and buildings converted from residential to commercial purposes.
The state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode had last last week ordered all illegal bonded terminals within the council to be shut down immediately, saying, they contributed to the gridlock in Apapa.
The General Manager, LASBCA, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde said: “The exercise is part of the efforts of the state government to ensure building developments followed approved layouts for each areas.”
Shodeinde, who was represented by the agency’s Secretary, Mr. Tayo Fakolujo, said: “All bonded terminals operating within residential areas will be sealed. The genesis of Apapa gridlock is a result of indiscriminate citing of tank farms and bonded terminals in the areas without approval from the state government.”
He, however, said with the new monitoring and auditing of building in the state, government would not hesitate to sanction any recalcitrant operator of a terminal or owner who converts the residential buildings to commercial usage without any recourse to proper regularization, engineering appraisal of the building.
He stated that mobile court had been deployed to prosecute any recalcitrant defaulters.
Speaking during the exercise, one of the residents of Dada Onijomo Street, Awodi-Ora in Ajegunle, Mrs. Taiwo Aina, said that since the citing of bonded terminals in that area, the community had known no peace as a result of indiscriminate parking of trailers on the streets.