By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Government has served contravention notice to five commercial buildings at Mowe/Ofada in Obafemi/Owode Local Government Area of the State.
The State Government also sealed 26 other buildings including gas outlets, petrol filling station, as well as commercial buildings for non-compliance with the Physical Planning law of the State.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl. Tunji Odunlami disclosed this after a routine enforcement exercise in the axis.
He expressed that the government had earlier warned that it would not condone illegal building constructions without a 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.
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, the 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 applications, while the commercial application is 14 days.
Contributing, the 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 of Permit for the construction of additional buildings.
Oluegbewesa advised intending developers to obtain the necessary planning permits before commencing any construction, adding that they must not build in contrary to the permit granted them by the State government.