The Lagos State Government has asked residents to submit their planning permits for their houses and those under construction.

The government, which unveiled the Alimosho Model City Plan on Thursday, stated that the era of haphazard development was over as such building could be forfeited or lost to other development.

Speaking during a stakeholders’ meeting on the Alimosho Model City Plan, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Animashaun, assured Lagosians that the government was not interested in demolition of buildings, but ensuring that people comply with building laws.

He said, “The acquisition of planning permit is to ensure that building developments are in compliance with the model city plan of government for areas. The planning permit can also serve as security or collateral for property owners.”

The General Manager of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, Remi Oni-Omisan, said planning was important before erecting structures, adding that the intention of the government for a well organised city required that everybody must obey the law.

The LASPPPA boss, who spoke on the theme, ‘Population Influx and Alimosho Development Plan: Prospect so far,’ said orderly development of landed property in the area would guarantee a win-win situation for all.

He said, “Making Lagos State an enviable city is our collective responsibility. Population influx should not have a negative impact on development plans. Everybody must strictly adhere to planning laws and regulations.”

Lamenting low level of compliance with building laws in Alimosho, Oni-Omisan said of all building development that took place in the area in 2015, only 50 persons applied for building permits, out of which 37 were approved.

He said the government was making moves to ease the process of getting permits in the state.

The LASBCA General Manager, Oladotun Olasoji, urged residents to report any building with poor materials to the government.

The monarch of Ajasa land, Oba Sule Odu-Alabe, pledged the support of the community for the mega city plan in the area.

• The Punch