Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, has urged professionals in the construction industry to uphold integrity and avoid compromising the safety of their clients.
He made this statement during the official opening of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) Headquarters, also known as the Green Building, located in Ikeja GRA.
He commended the built environment professionals in the agency who offered free consultancy services toward construction of the four-floor edifice.
The Governor said with the right environment, local architects, engineers, builders, and other built environment experts could compete favourably with their foreign counterparts to deliver world-class structures that could stand the test of time.
Sanwo-Olu commended the General Manager of LASBCA, Mr. Gbolahan Oki, describing him as a devoted achiever whose good works were recognised.
He said he was happy that the project was delivered within 18 months, adding that government could actually set out and achieve results.
“He is a worthy general manager to be proud of,” the governor said.
Sanwo-Olu, therefore, implored Lagos residents to abide by the rules and regulations of the agency for a safer and serene environment.
He said that the agency would operate by the zero tolerance for physical planning infractions.
Sanwo-Olu said he was happy to hand over a befitting infrastructure the first green building — connoting an edifice for the future.
He said he had been called out in the past for building collapse and was happy that LASBCA was raising the bar to curb the menace.
Sanwo-Olu, urged the staff to continue to uphold physical planning values in collaboration with other agencies toward achieving the Themes agenda.
He charged Lagos residents to comply with physical planning laws for safe and serene environment.
His words: “All agencies have been mandated to enforce laws to prevent substandard construction and building collapse.
“People will come first in all that we do,” he said.
He further thanked the general Manager and staff of LASBCA, saying he would have his eyes on the agency to uphold standards, values and relationship with the public.
The Governor, said that his administration appreciated constructive criticism but not malicious ones and misrepresentations that eroded the truth on social media.
In his own speech, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Oluyinka Olumide, said the edifice marked a significant milestone in the development of the city.
He restated commitment of staff members to rededicate themselves to creating a sustainable and resilient built environment for Lagos residents.
The General Manager, LASBCA, Mr Gbolahan Oki, thanked Sanwo-Olu, who gave approval for the construction of the office for staff, while providing mental, emotional and material support as well as enabling environment.
Oki, expressed joy for completion of the project, which he presented to Sanwo-Olu as an “early Christmas gift”.
He said the four-floor edifice was a demonstration of the commitment of Sanwo-Olu’s administration to staff and citizens welfare.
He said the staff of the agency provided consultancy at zero cost to the Lagos State government to showcase their skills.
The Special Adviser, e-GIS, Dr Babatunde Olajide, gave a brief history of the project and support that made LASBCA operations seamless, while announcing a donation of 100 desktops to the agency.
“Mr Governor has brought change to LASBCA,” he added.
Majority leader, Noheem Adams, who represented the speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Dr Mudashiru Obasa, commended the project.
Obasa, explained that provision of infrastructure to put smiles on faces was a demonstration of the dividends of democracy being delivered through good governance.
He said there was a reduction in building collapse in Lagos due to enforcement of standards, promising more positive legislations for progress of citizens.