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PHYSICAL PLANNING MINISTRY INSPECTS BURNT BALOGUN MARKET SITE

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, in company of the Special Adviser, Central Business Districts, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi, on Thursday, inspected the scene of the fire incident involving a five-storey building at Balogun Market on Lagos Island.

The visit, which was to assess the surrounding buildings and consider prospects for the regeneration of the area in line with the master plan of the State, lasted for hours and involved the inspection of Martins and other adjoining streets.

Speaking during the exercise, the Commissioner stated that the age of buildings in the area among other factors made consideration for regeneration inevitable, adding that the government was mindful of the need to make the Lagos Island more sustainable, orderly and livable to the pride of all.

He asserted that the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development would revisit the master plan and fashion out a workable redevelopment plan beneficial to the State, noting that all hands must be on deck to reap the social and economic benefits of redeveloping Lagos Island.

Salako also decried the haphazard developments of market stalls in the area and re-emphasised the call for Lagosians to respect building regulations by complying with rules and regulations.

He reiterated that the government would not tolerate building without permits and breaking of government seals on identified illegal constructions, warning artisans such as carpenters and bricklayers not to accept jobs in premises where government seals had been broken.

Other members of the inspection team included the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Arc. Foluso Dipe, Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola, General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) Engr. Biola Kosegbe and General Manager, Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory(LSMTL), Engr. Olalekan Ajani.    

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