A BLOCK OF ILLEGAL STORES BUILT UNDER HIGH POWERLINES AND ROAD SETBACKS IN EJIGBO ARE REMOVED BY LASBCA

The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has taken action to remove a line of shops that were unlawfully constructed on the road setback and directly underneath a powerline cable along Laurel School Crescent near Red Street, Bungalow Estate, off Isheri Osun Road, Jakande Area, Ejigbo.

Arc. Gbolahan Owodunni Oki, the General Manager of LASBCA, explained that the shops were removed due to the imminent danger they posed to the occupants, primarily from the harmful electromagnetic radiation emitted by the powerline cable. Oki highlighted that the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Laws explicitly prohibit erecting structures beneath powerlines and on road setbacks. These laws also specify the required distance between buildings and public utilities like power cables.

Oki mentioned that appropriate notices, including Contravention, Quit, and Demolition Notices, were issued prior to the removal of the shops. He underscored LASBCA’s dedication to eradicating illegal constructions in the built environment and emphasized the importance of adhering to the State Building Codes to prevent building collapses.

He urged building owners and developers to refrain from constructing residential and commercial buildings in road setbacks and beneath high-power lines, as such actions endanger public safety. Oki encouraged residents to promptly report any instances of unauthorized construction in their vicinity to the nearest LASBCA Office

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