The Lagos State Special Offences Court at Gbolade, Oshodi, has convicted 53 persons who contravened the building regulations in the state.
The 53 persons were convicted after the Lagos State Building Control Agency prosecuted them for contravening the provisions of the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2010.
Lekan Shodeinde, LASBCA’s General Manager, said the agency has issued 83 summons against the offenders of the law in different parts of the state.
“The court had duly convicted 53 while others are still pending in court,” he said in a statement on Monday in Lagos.
The LASBCA General Manager said the offenders were being prosecuted for different contraventions and other related offences as stipulated in the building law.
Shodeinde said that their offences included the erection of structure without a planning permit contrary to Section 27 (1) of the Law and punishable under Section 75 (1) of the same law.
Other offences include breaking of government seals or removal of marks placed on a contravening structure by or with order of the agency, punishable under Section 75 (2) of the Law.
According to him, the failure to insure a building as required by the law for which the offenders were prosecuted was contrary to Section 75 (3) of the Law.
The general manager said that the prosecuted offenders had been convicted accordingly with an option of fine at the discretion of the court.
Shodeinde added that LASBCA had been working within the ambit of the law with the monitoring team for a better and well-planned city.
The general manager said they also worked with developers and builders to ensure compliance with the approval granted and also monitored the safety of the structure being developed.
“We are more concerned about the safety of the people making sure that where they abode is safe and secured,” he said.
Shodeinde reaffirmed government’s zero tolerance for building collapse in the state and the need to build right.
The LASBCA General Manager appealed to all Lagos residents to obtain their building plan permit before the construction of any structure and comply with state laws regarding the approval given.
Shodeinde also urged building owners to seize the opportunity to regularise and perfect their building documentation to avoid any embarrassment from Law Enforcement officers.