In a bid to address the longstanding issue of building collapses in Lagos State, Dr. Oluyinka Olumide, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development (MPP&UD), has announced an upcoming amnesty program for landlords who have constructed buildings without proper approval.

The move aims to encourage compliance with building regulations and enhance safety standards across the state.

Olumide, who was appointed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in August 2023, emphasized the importance of tackling the root causes of building collapses, which have claimed numerous lives and properties over the years. Speaking on the various factors contributing to building collapses, Olumide highlighted the dangers posed by dilapidated structures and compromised construction practices.

The commissioner underscored the need for proactive measures to address building collapses, including thorough assessments of soil structures and adherence to certified professional supervision during construction. He noted that the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has implemented stringent protocols to ensure compliance with building standards, including separate processes for building planning and development control.

Addressing manpower constraints within the ministry, Olumide outlined initiatives to leverage certified professionals as assistants under the Certified Accredited Programme (CAP), aimed at augmenting the existing workforce to meet operational demands effectively.

Regarding the requirements for building approval, Olumide emphasized the importance of obtaining clearance from the district office before initiating any construction project. He advised property owners to verify the status of their land and ensure compliance with zoning regulations to avoid complications during the approval process.

Olumide also provided insights into the digitalization of building permit approval processes, highlighting the upcoming launch of an online platform for streamlined application procedures. He emphasized the importance of transparency and urged residents to take advantage of digital platforms to facilitate their interactions with the ministry.

On infrastructure development projects, Olumide provided updates on the Fourth Mainland Bridge project, stating that construction is set to commence soon with minimal disruption to affected communities. He also addressed the resolution of land disputes, citing progress in resolving the Magodo land tussle between the government and affected families.

In conclusion, Olumide reiterated the ministry’s commitment to ensuring the safety and sustainability of building structures in Lagos State. He urged residents to cooperate with regulatory authorities and emphasized the importance of adhering to building regulations to mitigate the risk of building collapses.

Source: Africa Housing News