Governor (Prince) Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State

Infractions: Ogun seals off 26 buildings, issues contravention notices to 5 others

*The Ogun State Government of Nigeria affirms the affected properties were developed in breach of the extant building law, including non-compliance with space standards, approved planning permit, and construction of additional structures without permit

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

For owners’ alleged non-compliance with the physical and urban development plan, the Ogun State Government has sealed off 26 buildings in the state.

These properties include gas outlets, petrol station as well as commercial buildings for non-compliance with physical planning law of the ‘Gateway State’.

ConsumerConnect gathered the state also served contravention notice to five other commercial buildings at Mowe-Ofada in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state.

Tunji Odunlami, Honourable Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, disclosed this after a routine enforcement exercise in the affected axis of the state, agency report said.

Earlier, the Ogun State Government was said to have warned that it would not condone illegal building constructions without planning permit, insisting they are inimical to the developmental plan of the state.

Odunlami affirmed that the sealed properties had been developed in breach of the building law which includes non-compliance with space standards, non-conformity with the approved planning permit, construction of additional structures without permit, among others.

According to the Commissioner, the state government is determined to achieve a livable and orderly built environment, stressing that it would not allow any deliberate abuse of the planning laws of the State.

Though he urged property owners to finalise their applications for prompt delivery, he restated the need to observe due process, following the new reforms put in place by the government.

The number of days for obtaining construction permits in the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has been reduced from an average of 51 days to five days for simple residential application, while commercial application is 14 days, he stated.

Mr. Tunde Oluegbewesa, Special Assistant to the Governor on Physical Planning who led the enforcement team, urged investors, developers and property owners whose properties were closed to visit the Ministry for clarification and presentation of evidences for the construction of additional buildings.

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