The Lagos State Building Control Agency,( LASBCA) at the weekend shutdown five illegal Bonded Terminals and five other buildings in Ajegunle area of the state.
It was learnt that officials of LABSCA, escorted by Task force officials stormed the area yesterday morning and shutdown the affected terminals and structures.
The popular Godday Cinema that had existed for decades in Ajegunle was also shutdown by the government officials, while buildings converted from residential to commercial purposes were also shutdown.
Also, the Queena Bonded Terminal, Don Climax Bonded Terminal, Godday Cinema and several buildings and terminals were sealed by the government officials.
The General Manager, LASBCA, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde represented by the Agency’s Secretary, Mr. Tayo Fakolujo said the exercise was part of the efforts of the state to ensure that building developments in the state followed the approved layouts of the areas and due process.
He stated that the government, in its quest to put the State in the pedestal of other smart cities in the world was making Lagos city a well-planned and structured society where buildings were constructed according to its building plan approval granted by its sister Agency, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA).
Shodeinde hinted that all bonded terminals operating within the residential areas would be sealed up and that the genesis of Apapa gridlock was as a result of indiscriminate citing of tank farms and bonded terminals in the areas without an approval from the State government.
He said with the new monitoring and auditing of building exercise in the state, wrath of the law would be on any recalcitrant operator of a terminal or owner who converted the residential buildings to commercial usage without any recourse to proper regularization, engineering appraisal of the building and that the Master plan of the area .
He stated that “Instant mobile court is on ground to prosecute any recalcitrant defaulters”.
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