INSIDEMAINLAND – The Lagos State Government has advised workers of the State’s Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) to be prepared for change and efficient service delivery in the built-up sector.
Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, the newly appointed Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, gave the directive at his first meeting with representatives of the agency under the ministry over the weekend in Alausa, Ikeja.
According to him, the ministry faced numerous problems, many of which it could not overlook if it was to fulfill the state government’s goals for a sustainable built environment and a 21st-century economy.
Bamgbose-Martins advised LASPPPA/LASBCA district officials to embrace transparency and accountability in their official conduct, adding that the impending shift would be aimed at promoting a positive public image through effective feedback mechanisms and prompt, timely, and courteous service.
The Commissioner issued a warning, stating that officers should be aware of their behavior as representatives of the government in their respective districts. He also revealed that plans were ongoing to promote healthy competition among district offices through the use of a reward system and discipline.
Dr. Olajide Babatunde, the special adviser to the Governor on e-GIS and planning matters, claimed that it was crucial for all district officers to comprehend and accept the change being pushed because they are the system’s operators. He expressed his confidence that frequent building collapses in Lagos State would become a thing of the past once the reforms have taken effect in the state.
Additionally, Mrs. Abiola Kosegbe, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, urged Lagosians to anticipate improved planning approval and enforcement practices that would meet their needs and contribute to the minimal amount of illegal building construction and collapse.