Lagos Landlords Kick Against Government’s 14-Day Ultimatum To Regularise Buildings
Some property owners in Lagos State have faulted the 14-day ultimatum given to them to regularize their buildings of face dire consequences.
The Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA in a letter distributed to various houses and structures across the state on the 17th July urged property owners to comply with the directive.
Reacting, some property owners in Lagos State who spoke to Bounce News faulted the decision taken by the state government.
Gbenga Coker, a property owner in the state said the state government is just looking for another means of exploiting residents since the failure of the Land Use Charge.
He said, "As a result of the general outcry over the recent hike of 1000% on Lagos State land use charge and same being rescinded by LASG, the government has now devised this approach to make more money. And they intend to follow up at all cost. They need money."
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Another landlord Ebenezer Ige corroborated Gbenga Coker's claims.
He said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is merely looking for money to fund the 2019 governorship election.
"I will advise my fellow landlords to exercise patience and not go to their office yet. You know how these people are. How can they give only 14 days?
''This may cause another public outcry just like the Land Use Charge. Lagos State Government will always look for every avenue to milk its citizens."
While some others fault the move, others are in support as they believe it will prevent incessant building collapse that is ravaging the state.
Demola Olukolo, an estate surveyor said the move is most welcome.
"There are too many sub-standard structures across the state. We don't want to experience loss of lives again through building collapse.''
The state government said in the statement that property owners should take advantage of the Amnesty Period and regularise their building within 14 days of the service of the letter, failing which the Agency shall invoke relevant provisions of the Laws of Lagos State.
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