Lagos property owners get ultimatum

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban development, Mr Wasiu Anifowoshe

Owners of abandoned buildings in Lagos State have been given up till June 3, to occupy them or risk losing them to the government.

Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban development, Mr Wasiu Anifowoshe, made this known at a ministerial press briefing.

Mr Anifowoshe said the June 3 deadline would mark the end of a 90-day ultimatum earlier issued in March this year.

He reiterated the commitment of the State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, to zero tolerance on building collapse with a call on the public to inform the ministry on illegal citing of petrol station in residential areas for prompt action to safeguard lives and property of residents in that community.

Relocation of computer village
Also, the commissioner confirmed the relocation of the popular computer village to Kontagora market in Agbado Oke Odo council area of the state before the year runs out.

“Another Urban Development project on the front burner is the development of Katangowa Market in Agbado/Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, the market will accommodate businesses currently operating in the Ikeja Computer Village. The market, when fully completed, would boast of world class facilities that would enhance trade at the centre. I am also pleased to inform you that the second Phase of Tejuoso Ultra- Modern Market is ready for full business operations; furthermore, Urban Renewal studies are currently being carried out across the 3 Senatorial districts of Lagos State,” Mr Anifowoshe said.

Decentralizing commodity market
The Commissioner stated that government was planning to replicate the popular food commodity market- Mile 12 market in other regions of the state in no distant time, to prevent the entire population of ‘Lagosians’ heading in the same direction.

 E-planning permit
He stressed that online platforms had been created for seamless application and processing of permits so as to be at par with contemporary developments in governance.

“In order to keep up with the pace of the transformation in service delivery and e-governance policy as well as embracing global best practices in the way of doing business, I am happy to introduce the e-Planning Permit platform to you which would accelerate Planning Permit processing in the State.”

 He further reiterated that, “With this development, application for planning permit can now be made on-line by the professionals and members of the public irrespective of their location. 

The online permit system allows users to upload design drawings and other prerequisites.

Members of the Public can also make payment of statutory fees through internet banking or other online payment platforms using Credit/Debit Cards and Schedule Site inspections.

I enjoin everyone, Consultants, Developers and Home Owners to please visit the Planning Permit Website  and interact with a secure and user-friendly Planning Permit System,” he added.