The Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, has emphasized that the Ikeja Government Residential Area is designated strictly for residential purposes, and the law explicitly prohibits the establishment of event centers within this zone.
The agency’s General Manager,Mr. Kehinde Osinaike, stated in a release that the Revised Ikeja Model City Plan unambiguously outlines the land use zoning for Ikeja GRA as exclusively residential.
Consequently, the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority is mandated to authorize solely residential developments within this locality.
Osinaike said, “This clarification becomes important in view of the baseless claim by a developer that LASPPPA sealed the site of his ongoing construction of an event centre at Ikeja GRA for personal reasons.
“The Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law, 2019 as amended and LASPPPA Regulations 2019 are clear on the mandate of the LASPPPA to issue permits to qualified applicants and ensure the sanctity of the Master/Model City Plans of Lagos State, which the government invested heavily in to ensure seamless development of the state for the benefit of all.”
Osinaike emphasized that genuine progress in Nigeria remains unattainable when the elite prioritize personal interests over the collective welfare of the populace.
He said, “It profits society for us to obey the law, build rights, and not resort to needless blame games or blackmail.
“To forbid the bastardisation of the Revised Ikeja Model City Plans, I strongly advise developers who are interested in event centres and other forms of commercial developments in Ikeja GRA to look for other sites elsewhere, where such will be permissible.”