On Friday, the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki, announced that 12 buildings in the Banana Island area of Lagos State had been resealed, and two illegal fences had been removed. The structures were sealed due to their developers’ failure to obtain planning permits and removal of government seals. LASBCA collaborated with the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) and the State Taskforce to seal the buildings, following the Governor’s directives. The ongoing removal and sealing of buildings in Banana Island and other areas of the state are aimed at compelling compliance among the building public to restore sanity to the built sector.
The move comes after a seven-storey building under construction in Banana Island collapsed on April 12, resulting in one death. Following the incident, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu ordered the demolition of illegally built structures in the area. Sanwo-Olu blamed the collapse of the building on the “reckless” operations of some developers who obtained illegal approvals from federal government agencies.