Building Laws: Lagos, Navy Demolish 80 Structures…

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The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy, demolished shanties erected near Navy Gate, Satellite Town in the state’s Oriade LCDA, due to the area’s uncontrolled development.

The state government described the demolition as a way of restoring the aesthetics of the environment and in compliance with the state’s Physical Planning Laws.

Newsonspot learnt that some of the demolished items structures were made of wooden items and corrugated iron roofing sheets and located along the road.

Speaking during the demolition exercise, the General Manager of the Agency, Gbolahan Oki, disclosed that the 80 buildings, which he described as shanties, were erected illegally, adding that structures were pulled down in order to restore physical normalcy to the area.

Oki expressed concern over the rate at which some individuals would continue to erect shanties along major roads without recourse to the State Physical Planning Laws and existing masterplan designed for different areas of the State.

The LASBCA boss commended the partnership with the Nigerian Navy, describing it as a “timely intervention” needed to make Lagos work and salvage it from environmental degradation.

The General Manager also called on other relevant government agencies and organisations, especially other members of the Nigerian Armed Forces, to emulate the Nigerian Navy in safeguarding the lives and property of all Lagosians by supporting LASBCA in its efforts to rid the State of illegal infrastructure development.

Some serious concerns have been raised by residents of Satellite town over the environmental degradation caused by illegal structures and activities of heavy articulated vehicles, which they said has put their lives at risk.

Their activities have led to rapid dilapidation of the road infrastructure in that axis as well as pollution, blockage of the drainage system, traffic gridlock due to indiscriminate parking by these trucks and tankers and so on.

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