The Lagos State Government has ordered the immediate stoppage of approval for structures above two-storey buildings in the Ebute-Metta area of the state.
This is coming on the heels of 10 residents killed in a distressed three-storey building that collapsed in the community on Sunday, May 2.
The state’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, in a statement on Wednesday said the move followed an audit of buildings in the area.
He noted that the low-lying nature of Ebute-Metta and its negative impact on some of the buildings, most of which had shown serious defects, informed the government’s decision in order to save lives and property.
“The soil and topography, the low water level and effects as well as the inability of structures in this area to bear loads above three floors were considered in arriving at this decision,” he said.
Salako noted that the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) has been directed to henceforth stop taking applications for approval above three floors in the area.
He said, “To guarantee safety of lives and property by ensuring that we put a halt to lives being cut short by incidents of building collapse, the government has been compelled to invoke the relevant sections of the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2019, as amended, to address the crisis.”
The commissioner called for understanding of stakeholders, saying the decision is in the best interest of the state.