Lagos Moves to Clamp Down on Illegal Estates in Epe

The Lagos State Government has intensified its efforts to curb the proliferation of illegal estates within the state, with a particular focus on the Epe axis. This move comes after a directive by the state executive council, and a special joint operation led by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Oluyinka Olumide.

According to a statement released on Saturday, the operation targeted areas like Alaro City, Okorisan, Igbodu, Molajoye, Shaala, Ketu, and Epe itself. These areas have witnessed a surge in estate developments, many of which are suspected to lack the necessary approvals from the government.

Dr. Olumide emphasized the importance of adhering to proper regulations for “an organised, livable and sustainable built environment.” He explained that layout approval is crucial for ensuring proper infrastructure and services within estates, while planning permits address individual plot regulations.

The Commissioner urged Lagosians seeking to invest in property to be cautious of estates lacking the appropriate government approvals. Investing in such ventures could lead to “needless embarrassment” from government officials, as the crackdown on illegal estates appears to be gaining momentum.

This initiative by the Lagos State Government is a significant step towards ensuring planned and sustainable development within the state. It protects potential residents from the risks associated with illegal estates, which may lack proper infrastructure, safety measures, and legal legitimacy.


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