The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako has led the management team of the Ministry on an assessment tour of its district offices destroyed by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protests in Lagos State.
Salako, who expressed dismay at the level of destruction in LASPPPA/LASBCA district offices in Ibeju, Lagos Island and Ajeromi-Ifelodun as well as the Materials Testing Laboratory Headquarters, Ojodu, where the structures, equipment and documents were completely razed, disclosed that the government had taken inventory of affected assets and is ramping up efforts to redress the situation.
While noting that the unfortunate incident is capable of bringing about untold hardship on Lagosians, especially property owners and developers, Salako enjoined staff of the Ministry to take a cue from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who has risen above the crises and communicated hope to Lagosians by declaring that Lagos will rise again.
The Commissioner averred that concerted efforts are ongoing to ensure that people in the affected areas process their applications for Planning Permits and other approvals seamlessly, urging all to take advantage of the Electronic Planning Permit platform: https://epp.lagosstate.gov.ng to forward their applications.
He added that the State would expedite action on the initiative to strengthen the Lagos State Planning Information Centre (LASPIC) for the maintenance of durable planning records.
Dr. Salako was accompanied during the assessment tour by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Ganiyu Adele Ayuba; Permanent Secretary, Arc. Foluso Dipe and General Managers of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA); Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA); Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency (LASURA) and Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory (LSMTL).