The Lagos State Government on Wednesday, says a new reform is in place to reduce the average number of days (72 to 61), required to obtain the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) and further reduce the average number of days required to obtain a Construction Permit from 42days to 28 days.
This was made known by the Head of Service Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, at the ministerial press briefing, organized to commemorate the second year in Office of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.
He said the reform came into consideration due to continuous demand by the citizens, especially, stakeholders in the built-environment; through the State’s independent online complaint and feedback mechanism, the Citizensgate; and a corresponding response by the State government to intervene and meet their demands.
He added that the fees, procedures, and laws for construction permits will be fully publicized on the web.
“The e-planning platform for the submission of all construction permit applications has been fully operationalized”, he said.
“The State organizes a Stakeholder’s Engagement Forum for all Stakeholders in the Built-environment occasionally, in order to raise awareness on the Ease of Doing Business, to showcase the reforms undertaken by the State such that key stakeholders in the Built-Environment would be up to speed with current thinking and workings of the State Government”, he noted.
He emphasized that the state government has embarked on Public Awareness Campaign across multiple Social Media channels, promoting the Citizensgate online portal as an alternative mode of access to Government services as opposed to visiting Alausa, Secretariat.
He enjoined Citizens to take advantage of the same, especially in transacting officially with the Government.