A non-governmental organisation, the Physical Planning Renaissance Initiative, has asked the recently inaugurated Physical Planning and Building Control Appeals Committee set up by the Lagos State Government to speed up action on its mandate.
While commending the Lagos State Government for inaugurating the committee, the PPRI said it would provide a unique opportunity for multifarious groups with interest and concern in matters of physical planning and building control in the state to make known their complaints.
According to the group, although the inauguration came almost a decade after the law establishing the committee was passed (2010), its commencement will sanitise the state.
A statement signed by its Secretary, Ayo Adejumo, quoted the Chairman of the group, Dr. Wale Alade, as saying that developers, businessmen, real estate practitioners, communities and other stakeholders in the built environment had the opportunity of expressing alternative views in matters of physical planning and building control.
Alade said, “No country or economy develops effectively in an atmosphere where government thinks or believes it is the ‘Almighty’ and its decisions cannot be challenged. The appeal committee, we hope, will recognise the virtue in the plurality of ideas.
“I believe strongly that the decisions of government should be challenged if a developer feels otherwise. This will enrich our physical planning and building control administration and make government more responsible and responsive.”
He said the group believed that the committee should be made to function very well, with adequate provision made for the resources required for its work.
“Its guidelines of operation should be released to the public within the shortest time possible for a clear understanding of its modus operandi,” he added.