The Lagos State House of Assembly during the week held a stakeholders meeting on three bills and regulations designed to address incessant building collapse in the state.
The bills and regulations are Urban and Regional Planning and Development Amendment Bill, 2015, Lagos State Building Control Regulations, 2018 and Building Construction and Development Regulation 2018.
Present at the Public Hearing were members of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Nigerian Institute of Engineers, builders, academics, consultants, civil servants and concerned individuals.
In his overview, Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, said that the amendments intended in the law and the regulations would standardise and enhance building and planning in the state “to make all ugly incidents of building collapse a thing of the past.”
Agunbiade said that the stakeholder’s meeting was in respect of the Building Control Regulations, 2018 and Planning Permit Regulations to awaken consciousness of everybody as regards building development.
While the speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni said that the amendment to the existing regulations were important, adding that the recent cases of building collapse in Lagos Island, where school children lost their lives is a tragedy that was preventable if every stakeholder had been careful.
In his contribution, the Vice Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, NITP Mr Lukman Oshodi, said that the ranking of Lagos as city is relatively low with respect to building regulations.
Professor Martins Dada, a building expert, called for adequate planning and proper supervision of buildings in the state.
The state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye said that the executive bill was transmitted to the House in 2017, adding that “when we have a substantive law, there must be regulations to implement it.