The Lagos State Government (LASG) has asked property owners within Federal government acquisitions (title holders who acquired their interest from the Federal Government) to obtain valid development permits to prevent their buildings from being sealed or demolished. The General Manager (GM), Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), Mr. Funmi Osifuye, explained that the validation was necessary to prevent disruption or demolition by LASPPPA due to lack of building plan approval. LASPPPA has now commenced a post-construction audit of all existing structures in the state to ascertain buildings without development permits.
The LASG’s position is that all landed property and housing developments within the official land of Lagos, whether private or Federal Government acquisitions, fall under the purview and control of the state government. The GM stated that the misconception by residents of Federal Government acquisitions within the state, that their property fell under the purview and administration of the Federal Government, was wrong. He noted that the State Government, through LASPPPA in conjunction with the Lagos State Building Control Agency has the authority and control over all buildings within the state. Their position is in line with the 2003 Supreme Court case of A.G. Lagos State vs. A.G. Federation & 35 Ors where it was held that State Governments have control over the physical planning and developmental control of lands within their territory. Furthermore, the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2010 establishes that every property certification issued by the Federal Government before the enacted of the Law would remain valid, while subsequent certification, validation and regularisation must be done through the state government.
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