Ogun shuts 26 buildings for violating planning laws

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Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tunji Odunlami

By Adejoke Adeleye

The Ogun State Government has sealed 26 buildings, including Petrol station and issued five buildings a contravention notice at Mowe/Ofada in Obafemi Owode Local government for non-compliance with Physical Planning law of the state.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tunji Odunlami disclosed this after a routine enforcement exercise in the axis, saying government had earlier warned that it would not condone illegal building constructions without planning permit as 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.

He noted that 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.

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While advising property owners to finalise their applications for prompt delivery, Odunlami reiterated that development permit could be obtained through a seamless process following the new reforms put in place by the government.

According to him, number of days for obtaining construction permits in the Ministry has been reduced from an average of 51 days to five days for simple residential application, while commercial application is 14 days.

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

Oluegbewesa advised intending developers to obtain necessary planning permit before commencing any construction, adding that they must not build in contrary to the permit granted them by the State government.