Buildings In Lagos To Obtain Compulsory Fitness Certificate – Sanwo-Olu

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(Last Updated On: 2021-10-11)

 

Following continuous building collapse in Lagos metropolis, Lagos State Government has announced its intention to start issuance of Fitness Certificate to all the existing houses and on-going building developments across the state.

The government added that it would start treating house owners, contractors and relevant stakeholders as individuals responsible for collapse of buildings, should they fail to obtain the fitness certificate on their buildings.

Speaking at the launch of the rebranded Certificate of Completion and Fitness at the State Auditorium at Alausa, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu explained that the objective of the certificate is to safeguard residents lives and to address the root causes of building collapse common in the megacity.

According to him, “the fitness certificate was initiated to find a lasting solution to structural defects, building collapse and other building contraception’s in line with international best practices.”

He describe the initiative as a ‘game changer’ adding that the financial and emotional loss that usually followed incidents of building collapse led to the design of the certificate to control physical developments and safeguard people’s lives.

Sanwo-Olu linked previous building collapse incidents recorded in metropolitan Lagos to low level compliance with planning laws, noting that unenforced building codes would have dire consequences on lives of millions of residents. The governor empowered the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) with the mandate to issue the certificate to all existing buildings and new structures being developed across the state.

Meanwhile, Governor Sanwo-Olu frowned at the long wait usually encountered by private property developers in obtaining planning permits and building approvals. He warned Supervising directors at LASBCA against sharp practices which was deep rooted in the agency. Hence, the governor directed Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and its agencies to simplify building approval process in order to speed up issuance.

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Earlier, LASBCA General Manager, Arc. Gbolahan Oki, said the agency’s core mandate was to correct anomalies in the building construction industry. He explained that the agency would always act in the interest of the public to prevent loss of human lives and valuable properties.

After the launch of the certificate, Governor Sanwo-Olu donated 30 operational vehicles to LASBCA and Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), to enhance their productivity.

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