Owners of over 2,000 buildings in Ikeja, Lagos Mainland risk sanctions as the Lagos State government yesterday, Monday, March 12, 2018, served them contravention notices for illegal conversion from residential to commercial purposes.
It was learnt that some of the buildings had also violated building approval and added more floors and other adjoining structures to their original structures in contrast to the permit given by the government agencies.
The areas affected in the ongoing enforcement of the building plan permit include Aromire Street, Allen Avenue, Toyin Street, Isacc John, GRA, Joel Ogunnaike Street, Oduduwa Street and other streets within Ikeja, Lagos Mainland.
The government accused owners of the buildings in the areas of constituting infractions in the approved building plan and permit.
Commenting on the development, the General Manager, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), Mr. Olufunmilayo Osifuye, said most buildings in Ikeja were illegally transformed to commercial use after they had sought a permit for residential use.
He added that the government was not planning to demolish the structures but uncomfortable with the flagrant violation of the state building and planning law of the state.
“First and foremost we are regularising those properties. Those who have violated the law and built illegally now have a six-month window to what is expected of them. For instance, if you have built commercial in a residential zone, you can now regularise your permit so that you can have legitimacy on the use of the structures,” he said.