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Sanwo-Olu Reads Riot Act To Government Officers Over Sabotage

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday expressed disappointment over the activities of some government officials who have been sabotaging efforts of government in regulating the real estate sector.

He said he would henceforth ensure that such officials are booted out from his government.

The governor who stated this at the second Lagos Real Estate Market Place Conference and Exhibition with the theme: ‘Lagos 21st Century Real Estate Investment hub’ organized by the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA) affirmed that some government officers and developers had cultivated the habit of cutting corners.

He said: ‘’The lesson we are learning is not lost on us. But I dare say that a month before the Ikoyi building collapse incident, we launched a certificate of completion and certificate of fit of habitation of buildings in the state.

“We had done that with Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA)  meaning that anybody that had done proper development to a certain level, you need to get a certificate of completion and a certificate of fit of habitation from them.

‘’So these are some of the things that from a regulatory point of view that indeed all the boxes had been ticked. We know for the size of this city there will be people that will like to cut corners, there will be officers that will also bring us down and have reduced our name, we know.

“We are not going to stand here and say everybody that works for us is holy but we are dealing with them. These are major issues that all of us need to work together and deal with.

‘’I am using this opportunity to express my disappointment about some government officials that want to sabotage that effort. I will not be only ruthless, I will look for you and ensure you have no place in my government.

This is an agency that must work for everyone. It is a project whose time has come.’’

In her address, the Special Adviser to Lagos State governor on Housing ,Mrs. Toke Benson –Awoyinka said real estate remains a very strong and powerful investment all over the world.

She added that apart from the role it plays in employment generation and creation of sustainable jobs, it has the highest potential of growing the economy of any state and nation.

 

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