LAGOS MAKES MOVEMENTS TO AMEND PHYSICAL PLANNING DEVELOPMENT

LAGOS MAKES MOVEMENTS TO AMEND PHYSICAL PLANNING DEVELOPMENT

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The Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) has emphasized its commitment to fostering an environment conducive to investment in the built sector and promoting voluntary compliance with physical planning laws among stakeholders and citizens. Engr. Oluwole Sotire, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, conveyed this during a seminar co-hosted by LASPPPA and the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN).

The seminar, titled “Improving the Planning Permit Process for Ease of Doing Business in Lagos State,” was held at the Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos. Engr. Sotire outlined measures that have been implemented by the State Government to enhance the Planning Permit processes, aiming to facilitate ease of doing business. He emphasized that stakeholders’ contribution to ensuring complete documentation during the application process would significantly enhance efficiency.

Engr. Sotire further highlighted the ongoing digitization of physical planning processes and the introduction of an Electronic Permit system, which is anticipated to streamline procedures. He mentioned the introduction of a certified accreditors program from the private sector to monitor building constructions as another step toward improving ease of doing business.

Participants were encouraged to engage with the Ministry using the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Application (MPP&UD App) for queries regarding Planning Permits. Engr. Sotire assured stakeholders that discussions on improving ease of doing business would be ongoing and aligned with the administration’s goals for the built sector.

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The General Manager of LASPPPA, Tpl. Kehinde Osinaike, stressed the importance of collaboration between the government and built professionals in fostering an enabling environment for seamless business activities. He highlighted the success of the stakeholders’ engagement initiative, which aims to ensure compliance with Planning Permits and promote a secure and sustainable environment.

Osinaike emphasized that legislation plays a vital role in enforcing compliance with planning regulations, highlighting key provisions. He reiterated the state’s emphasis on voluntary compliance rather than forceful enforcement. He expressed the belief that achieving a thriving real estate sector in Lagos State requires the collective effort of all stakeholders.

Dr. Bamidele Onolaja, Chairman of REDAN, commended the collaboration between the government and the association, highlighting the potential for positive change in the built sector. He underscored the significance of Planning Permits in delivering safe and sustainable structures. Onolaja urged built professionals to view themselves as creators of communities and contributors to economic growth, emphasizing the importance of collective effort for a prosperous future.

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