The Lagos State Government announced on Thursday that it would stop granting approval on reclaimed lands at Banana Island in Ikoyi, due to encroachments into the lagoon by developers.
The state’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, who made the announcement in Lagos, said that encroachments into the lagoon were disrupting the master plan of the posh estate.
Salako advised property owners and developers in the area to embrace seamless building planning permits, certification and construction laws to avoid embarrassments.
The commissioner was speaking at an interactive meeting with stakeholders on building construction on Banana Island, Osborne and other estates in Ikoyi, home to Nigeria’s super rich.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting which was held in Ikoyi, was aimed at ensuring seamless processing of planning permits Lagos State.
Salako said that the ministry was engaging stakeholders rotationally across the state as part of its strategy to make the Lagos environment safe, orderly, livable and viable for all.
“Please note that this meeting is specifically targeted at ensuring that the basterdisation of the Operative Development Plan, covering this area — Ikoyi/Victoria Island Model City Plan comes to a stop and that extant laws and regulations governing physical development in the state are respected.
“Thus, this meeting should be considered as another lease for you to toe the line of the law. As respectable citizens, you are expected to be above board, especially regarding sustainable development and lawful dealings.
“This is in order to avoid serious embarrassment to your personalities as a result of your engagement in unwholesome acts, which include but are not limited to the following non-adherence to planning permits,
Salako said that illegal development of buildings would attracted sanctions and that such buildings risked demolition, warning developers against deliberate falsification of information on design drawings to deceive and short-change government.
He also warned against obtaining fake approvals in connivance with third parties or touts some of whom cut corners and use illegal administrative protection through some workers in the ministry.
The commissioner lamented encroachments on the proposed Regional Road Alignment, Coastal Road and the Lagoon Highway, which are to connect the Regional Road with the Fourth Mainland Bridge.
“This proposed road is a major catalyst for socio-economic development of the Lekki-Ajah axis as well as a furtherance of the Transportation and Traffic Management Pillar of the THEMES Agenda.”
He frowned at the illegal reclamation of parts of the Waterways Abutting Ikoyi/Victoria Island with frivolous claims, despite a Supreme Court judgement which vested all lands and physical development of same in the State Government.
“Please note that the ministry would stop granting planning permits on such reclaimed lands, regardless of clearances from Federal Government agencies.
“This is because the Federal Government has no jurisdiction/power over the lands since the landmark judgement.
“As provided by law, you are to apply for planning permit from the Ikoyi/Victoria Island District Office of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) or through our website https://epp.lagosstate.gov.ng before you commence any building construction.”
Salako noted that government had adopted measures to boost planning permit processes, in order to conclude the process in 28 days while its fast-track services would be completed within 10 days at a fee.
“In this wise, the Electronic Planning Permit (ePP) Online Platform has been re-energised to facilitate virtual and online applications for planning permits.
“It is equally important to note that you need to notify the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) (Building Plan Approval) for Stage Certification before commencement of any construction on site and subsequent issuance of Certificate of Completion and Fitness for Habitation,” he said.
The commissioner said that LASBCA had recently launched an initiative, called “Green Sticker and Site Log Book,” to help document activities and other relevant information on building construction sites.
“Consequently, owners/developers are enjoined to desist from constructing buildings prior to planning permits or different from the permit granted and to ensure that their building construction activities qualify for the Green Sticker.”
Salako called for voluntary compliance and cooperation with the Physical Planning and Urban Development and Control Law and the Regulations and Approval Orders.
He advised those with queries to seek redress through the Physical Planning Permit and Building Control Appeals Committee, which was launched in December, 2019.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mr Ganiyu Ayuba, advised stakeholders to always approach LASPPPA and LASBCA offices for transactions.
Earlier, the General Managers of LASPPPA and LASBCA, Mr Funmi Oshifuye and Mrs Biola Kosegbe, took turns to make presentations to educate stakeholders on seamless processing of planning permits and approvals.
Edited By: Silas Nwoha (NAN)
COVID-19: Nigeria’s total hits 44,433 as NCDC announces 304 new cases, 910 deaths
The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Tuesday.
According to it, as of Aug. 4, 14 deaths were recorded in the country.
Till date, 44,433 cases have been confirmed out of which 31,851 cases have been discharged and 910 deaths recorded nationwide.
Others were Edo (6), Bauchi (4), Kwara (4), Ogun (4), Osun (4), Bayelsa (3), Plateau (3), Niger (3), Nasarawa (2) and Kano (1).
Meanwhile, the agency warned that the coronavirus does not care if a person ‘believe’ in use of face masks or not.
“You may not believe in the virus, but the virus sure believes in you.
“Do not wear masks with valves.
“Why? Because a valve acts as an open doorway, allowing your breath to leave the mask and putting those around you at risk of catching COVID-19.
“Again, there are many ways to wear a mask incorrectly, but only one way to maximise protection; wear a well-fitted mask with gaps.
“Check if your mask fit before going outside, it is really simple.
“Step 1, inhale: Your mask should pull on your face.
“Step 2, exhale: Your mask should expand.
“Step 3, check leaks: There should be no major leaks.
“Readjust your mask if there are leaks for best protection, your mask should fit well,’’ it advised.
“Even if you wear protective mask in public, it is important that you also use other preventive measures, stay at least two metres away from other people.
“Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
“Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; cover your coughs and sneezes.’’
It, however, said that coronavirus could not overwhelm Nigerians.
“There’s an end; let’s just do the needful,’’ it stated.
The figures have reduced significantly over the past seven days with the lowest figure over this timeline, being 288 recorded on Aug. 3.
Between June and July, new cases had risen to as high as 790 on July 1.
With the recent trend, the case rate is slowing down in the country.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
PPMC fixes ex-depot price of PMS at N138.62 per litre
PPMC disclosed this in a memo signed by its Manager, Sales, Mohammed Bello, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
The ex-depot price is the price at which depot owners sell the commodity to retail outlets.
It said that that the new price would come into effect from Aug. 5.
The PPMC also put the ex-coastal price of the commodity, which is the price at which the product is sold to depot owners, at N113.70 per litre.
The ex-depot price for automotive gasoline oil (AGO), also known as diesel, was fixed at N160 per litre and N165 per litre, for depots in Lagos and Oghara respectively.
It further fixed the ex-depot price for kerosene at N160 per litre.
The pricing modulation determines the pump price that the products will be sold to motorists.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Safety Compliance: LASWA impounds engines of 6 erring ferry operators
The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) on Tuesday said that it had impounded engines of six passengers’ boat operators in its renewed efforts to sanitise waterways to prevent boat mishaps.
Its General Manager, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos by Mrs Nkechi Ajayi, the Public Affairs Officer of LASWA.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there have been reports of accidents on waterways in Lagos in recent times, the latest being July 29, which claimed more than 10 lives.
Emmanuel expressed LASWA’s commitment to continually ensure the safety of ferry passengers in the state.
According to him, the arrest of erring boat operators is part of the authority’s efforts in the ongoing enforcement and monitoring exercise across the inland waterways.
“The patrol team of Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) earlier today seized a total number of six boat engines belonging to commercial ferry operators that were caught flouting safety regulations on the waterways.
“Their offences include: not wearing life jackets, overloading, reckless driving, among other offences which could have resulted in preventable fatalities when accidents occur,” the LASWA boss said.
According to him, areas covered during today’s safety compliance operations were Mile 2, Kirirkiri, Abule Osun Jetty, Alex Jetty, Liverpool, Ebute-Ojo all in the Ojo axis of Lagos.
Emmanuel reassured that the authority would no longer condone any action that would be against the safety standards of the state inland waterways.
“Any erring operator will be sanctioned appropriately,” the general manager said.
According to him, the authority will work harder on boat captains and deckhands while continuing sensitisation, awareness and enlightenment to foster safety on waterways.
Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Resumption: Unity schools’ Principals in Lagos assure parents, guardians of students’ safety
The Principals of King’s College, Lagos, Mr Andrew Agada, and Queen’s College, Lagos, Dr Tokunbo Yakubu-Oyinloye, have assured parents and guardians of safety of their children and wards as they resumed.
Agada and Yakubu-Oyinloye gave the assurance in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos, on the resumption of schools by the exiting students of the 104 Unity Colleges across the country.
NAN also reports that the schools had been shut following the directive from the Federal Ministry of Education since March, as a result of the ravaging pandemic.
The Federal Government after due consultations with other key stakeholders, agreed to reopen the schools only for the existing classes of the Senior Secondary School 3 and the Junior Secondary School 3.
Agada said: “First and foremost, I want to thank God for sparing our lives, the children, our parents and all other stakeholders. We have also been looking forward to receiving them.
”I also want to seize this opportunity to thank the Federal Ministry of Education for the assistance rendered so far in order to make this resumption possible.
”Yesterday, the entire college was decontaminated, ranging from the classrooms, hostels the laboratories, everywhere, by the Federal Ministry of the Environment.
”We want to assure our parents that there is no need to panic, as our lives are in God’s hands but we will do our best and God will continue to protect us.”
According to him, the college has set up a committee called the “COVID-19 Guidelines Enforcement Committee”.
He said that the committee was made up of dedicated teachers that would be going round during the classes, the dinning halls and hostels to ensure that the students maintain the safety protocols.
Agada added that already, messages had also been sent to the parents and guardians to also advice their children and wards against any form of gatherings or contact activities such as playing of football or games that would bring them together.
“They have come, let them concentrate on their examination as there is barely no time left, and so, we have put a committee in place whose responsibility is also to monitor the students.
”By tomorrow, full lecture will commence. We are fully prepared. The timetable is out and the teachers are very ready more than ever before to hit the ground running,” he said.
On the part of the management, the principal said that they have also put certain things in place.
“First, since it is only the SS3 students that are coming back, we have prepared hostels and spread them to all the hostels that hitherto, accommodated SS1, 2, 3 in the college.
”So, currently, we are not having more than 12 students in a room.
“Secondly, on the issue of classrooms, we have 30 of it at our main campus here, for the senior school.
“The SS3 students are coming in soon and these ones will be occupying 19 classrooms at the JSS section of the college, as against the 10 they used to occupy before now.
”All these are means of ensuring strict adherence to social distancing and also we have sanitisers, even customised ones, that is the pedal one.
“And graciously, where we procured some of these equipment from, the company is also coming in to assist us by giving us automated dispensers, like you see at the airports and other places,” Agada said.
He added that the college would also be mounting about 15 of such at the main campus and another 15 at the annex for the Junior Secondary School.
”We have also worked on our water, as we recently dug another borehole to expand our water reticulation system.
“The hostels too, we have worked on the hostels, the bunks, the broken down ones have been repaired, the classroom desks, we have also refurbished them.
”So, as the students are coming, we are sure that there is enough desks, bunks, space and water and all other necessary facilities that would ensure their safety and comfort.
“They have come, let them concentrate on their examination as there is barely no time left and so we have put a committee in place whose responsibility is also to monitor the students.
“Again, another measure we adopted to reduce the crowd is to allow the borders in two houses, to be checked in first. We have four houses. By tomorrow borders in the other two remaining houses will be checked in,” he said.
The principal added that for now, only the borders were being checked in.
He said parents of some day students were also applying to be accommodated as boarding students.
The principal cited difficulty of accessing the roads to the college, following the closure of the 3rd Mainland bridge as a huge challenge.
”We have considered them, because we have the space.
”Our advice, therefore, to our parents is to remain hopeful and assuring that God who has kept us all these while, is still fully in control, and we must look unto Him and have faith in Him.
Also, at the Queen’s College, Lagos, its Principal, Dr Tokumbo Yakubu-Oyinloye, took NAN Correspondent round the college premises.
Yakubu-Oyinloye said: “We have put all the guidelines and protocols in place to ensure that our students are safe when they resume and all through the period of their stay here.
“You can see the sitting arrangements in our classes. We do not have more than 20 students per class with their seats placed two metres apart from each other.
“Names of students per class have been pasted by the entrance of each of the respective classes.
”We have also fixed automated hand sanitisers in all the classes, including the foot pedal sanitiser at the gate.”
According to her, instead of using the 12 classes that were designated before now for SS3 students, 34 more classrooms, including those for the SS1 and SS2 have now been converted for tluse of SS3 students to ensure social distancing.
Yakubu-Oyinloye added that the same measures also applied to the hostels.
The principal said that the school management, in collaboration with the PTA had fumigated the hostels and all other sections of the college.
She said that already, the Federal Ministry of Education, also in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of the Environment, had decontaminated and disinfected the entire college.
”We have also serviced our water treatment plant as well as wash our tanks. In addition to keeping social distancing, we will also be staggering our break periods as well as our meal time.
”We have also designated a building as an isolation centre in the college, should there be any case of high temperature, before contacting the appropriate authorities.
“On the part of the teachers, they have been fully sensitised and equipped.
“In fact, teachers who will have no business on campus are not allowed to come around. They can do their jobs at home.
“In the same vein, all returning SS3 students must also come with at least five masks and must wear their masks before they can be checked in.
“They must also ensure that they come with their personal effects including cutleries as sharing is not allowed,” Yakubu-Oyinloye said.
The principal commended a set of the Old Girls of the college for donating 68 white boards for each of the classrooms in the college, adding that already another set of the old girls are set to donate four interactive boards to facilitate teaching and learning.
She pleaded with parents to impress it on their children and wards to ensure that they always adhere strictly to the safety guidelines.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)