By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Oyo State House of Assembly has passed into law the state Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control Bill 2018.
The Bill was passed into law after its third reading during the House plenary on Tuesday.
Speaking on the Bill, the chairman of the committee on Lands, Housing and Survey, Honourable (Dr) peter Oyetunji who represents Surulere/Ogo-Oluwa State Constituency in the Assembly said the Bill is aimed at addressing the incessant building collapse in the state.
“It is an Executive Bill seeking that builders get required building standard before embarking on constructions and building of houses. The Bureau has been performing without law but now it has law backing its workings. It will also address the incessant building collapse in the state.”
According to him, work on the Bill started a year ago but became law in Oyo 2019 adding that with the law, there would be standard in the discharge of the activities of the Bureau.
Presiding over the matter the Speaker of the Assembly, Hon Olagunju Ojo said the state Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control law 2018 that has just been passed into law was basically to address one of the basic needs of housing in form of residential, commercial, industrial and others.
“The Bill will standardize all processes involved in building and physical planning for a safe and standard environment. It will provide for Technical and professional involvement in all processes of physical development.”
While thanking the committee for a job well done, the Speaker enjoined all that are to apply the law to ensure full enforcement, just as he urged the public to adhere to the laid down regulations.