The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Hon. Wasiu Anifowoshe has denied giving approval to the Lagos State Building Investment Company (LBIC) Plc to demolish illegal structures across the low cost housing estates in the state. Read about the brouhaha here: LBIC Boss Summoned for Insubordination.
Anifowoshe, who was speaking with journalists after a meeting called by the Lagos State House of Assembly Adhoc Committee on Housing on the matter, disclosed that all demolitions must be approved by the ministry.The Commissioner emphasized “my ministry approves all demolitions in the state. We have so many papers in our ministry to that effect.
“All government parastatals in Lagos State come to the Ministry of Physical Planning for whatever demolition they want to do in the state. It is now meant for is to charge them or not.”
Recall that some residents of the estates had written a petition to the assembly alleging the demolition of structures in the estate by the LBIC as supervised by the Managing Director, Mrs. Folashade Folivi. They had alleged that Folivi and her team did not listen to explanations from them and that the demolition was done indiscriminately across these estates.
Anifowoshe added that the law of the House empowers the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development as the only agency to remove any illegal structure in the state.
“Any structure that is not done by our ministry is illegal. The demolition in Amuwo Odofin, Ogba Ijaiye, Ipaja, Isolo and others were not approved by the Ministry of Physical Planning.They were not done by my ministry and I don’t know who did it,” he said.
The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Ibrahim Layode told journalists that the committee did not question Folivi as it should because she did not produce the necessary documents.
Layode stressed that the committee expected Folivi to attend the meeting with the Memorandum of Understanding of the company.
“Mrs. Folashade Folivi did not follow the MOU of the company with the demolition and contravened the law of her company.
“She did what her ministry ought not to do and built structures on lands where she is not meant to build.The lands were meant for recreation and social amenities in the estates. That is why we want her to appear on the floor of the House to show that nobody is witch-hunting her.
The lawmaker said that having failed to honour the call of the committee on several occasions and during visits to the estate, and for her failure to attend the meeting with the necessary documents, she would have to appear before the entire House.
“We are reporting back to the House and she might be lucky and the Speaker would ask us to re-invite her for questioning.
“We just want her to know that she might not be competent for the office. We might go further to take actions, when we see the MOU, but we cannot say anything now.
“The woman said that she was having some international meetings, when we called her. What kind of meeting is that, which she could not tell us. We want to know the people she is having meeting with,” he said.
He added that the plenary of the House broadcasts for the entire world to see and that it could be an avenue for Folivi and her team to defend themselves, with regards the allegations leveled against them.