In its bid to control the menace of building collapse, the Lagos State Government has called on members of the public to join forces with the Government by reporting cases of illegal construction and defective structures to the appropriate Government Agencies.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning & Urban Development, Arc. Foluso Dipe made this call on Wednesday during a courtesy visit to the Ministry by the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), Lagos State chapter.
He noted that various stakeholders have different roles to play in maintaining a sustainable, organised and livable Mega City, adding that Government had kept its doors open to constructive ideas from various quarters.
His words: “You will note that we have been engaging relevant stakeholders in the built environment because we are aware that the job of achieving a sustainable and livable city is a collective one”.
The Permanent Secretary applauded the BCPG team, led by its chairman, Arc. Solomon Ogunseye, for partnering with Lagos State Government in its determination to stem building collapse in the State.
While reiterating that the government has zero-tolerance for indiscriminate building construction without obtaining the necessary approvals, Dipe maintained that the government was determined to ease the process of building plan approvals so as to considerably reduce the processing period.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman, BCPG, Arc. Ogunseye urged the State Government to expedite action on the review of Town Planning Laws and called for synergy between the Guild and the Ministry in proper monitoring of construction sites in the State.
He pledged the continued support of the Guild towards eliminating quackery in the built environment, thereby preventing building collapse in the State for the benefit of all stakeholders.