Lagos Moves To Implement Physical Planning Laws

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In a bid to correct the anomalies in the building environment, the Lagos State Government is set to implement the Physical Planning, Urban Development, Urban Regeneration and Building Control Law of 2010, as it hosts stakeholders in the building and insurance sectors to a three-day retreat to strengthen their understanding of the law.

The Retreat, scheduled to hold at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, would take place from Wednesday to Friday this week while Governor Babatunde Fashola is expected to declare it open.

The implementation of the 2010 Physical Planning Law approved by the governor would reduce the incidence of building collapse and ameliorate the challenges of Lagos Mega City status as it has also introduced an All-Risk-Insurance Policy certificate which stipulates that all building structures above two floors shall be insured by the builder before building approval is obtained.

According to the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Olutoyin Ayinde, the retreat would feature discussions on planning administration of the institutional framework to drive the implementation of the new law, the commencement of the building control agency as well as identify the next line of action and way forward.

The commissioner further stated that the introduction of All-Risk-Insurance Policy certificate for a developer of any building above two floors to insure his or her liability in respect of construction risk, had necessitated the proper understanding of the new law.

He stressed that deliberations at the retreat would help reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of building collapse, eliminate quackery and the use of sub-standard materials in construction as well as provide the gains of a mega city.

Lagos State Building Control Authority, LASBCA was established to check construction malpractices in the building industry.

Its functions include the enforcement of building regulations, inspection of building projects and the certification of various stages of building construction as well as keeping of such records.