The Lagos State government will henceforth stop issuing approval for the construction of building above three floors in Ebute-Metta East and West, in a bid to prevent building collapse in the area.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development in the state, Dr Idris Salako who made the announcement on Wednesday May 11, said the move followed an audit of buildings in the area.
Salako said the low-lying nature of Ebute-Metta and its negative impact on some of the buildings, most of which showed serious defects, made it mandatory for the government to apply special measures to save lives and property.
The commissioner who revealed that the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) has been told to stop taking applications for approval above three floors in the area, called for the understanding of stakeholders in the state, saying the decision was taken in the best interest of the people.
“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.
“To guarantee the 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.”