Lagos State residents have been warned against flagrant abuse of building laws and regulations of the state.

The State Government handed down the warning in a statement maintaining that it would no longer condone such acts.

The State Government said it had noticed that many residents were building without due recourse to state agencies for approval and therefore advised people to desist from violating building regulations.

Speaking to journalists after Lagos State Enforcement Team demolished some structures without compliance to the State Building Laws and Regulations at Banana Island, Ikoyi, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, said the enforcement became necessary because the State Government felt there was need to do something to halt the growing illegality.

The five places visited by the Lagos State Enforcement Team led by Salako had earlier been served a stop work notice by the Lagos State Building Control Agency. Despite the stop work notice, construction works were still ongoing in two while the other had fenced the land.

At 102 Close, K Zone, a section of the lagoon has been reclaimed with just the provision of a narrow drainage for water to flow, as a result, the concrete and perimeter fence erected facing the lagoon were pulled down while the building was sealed and the gate locked.

Also at 306 Close, three two-storey buildings under construction were pulled down for lack of approval to build as the development encroached on the state shoreline.

Apart from buildings and fences that were pulled down during the enforcement exercise, two people caught doing illegal dredging activities within the area visited were also arrested.

Salako said Lagos State Government agencies will continue to monitor to ensure that building laws and regulations are complied with.

Speaking on why the two-storey buildings were pulled down, Salako said before the enforcement exercise was carried out, the developer had been served a stop work notice three times but they refused to obey the directives.

Also speaking to journalists during the enforcement exercise, Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure and Development, Arc. Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi, said the State Government cannot continue to fold its hands and watch the degradation of its environment.

Babatunde Tunde

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