Lagos Commissioner for Planning and Urban Development resigns

Lagos Commissioner for Planning and Urban Development resigns

Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Idris Salako has resigned.

Gbenga Omotoso, the Commissioner for Information made the announcement in a statement on Monday.

Omotoso said Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has accepted the resignation.

The official noted that Salako’s exit was a prelude to the restructuring of the Ministry and its agencies.

Sanwo-Olu according to the official thanked the ex commissioner for his services and wished him success in his future endeavours.

The governor warned all players in the sector to respect the law or face the consequences of any indiscretion.

Salako leaves the position after multiple building collapses in Nigeria’s commercial hub in the last few years.

The most recent occurred in Oniru in the early hours of Sunday in which a 7-storey building under construction collapsed leaving two dead and while other victims are yet to be found.

Salako suggested the developer was a powerful man, recalling how he chased state officials away during enforcement.

He also disclosed that the developer broke the seal of the site on three separate occasions, an indictment on the state government.

The same situation occurred before the Ikoyi building collapse, in November 2021, which claimed more than 40 lives.

The developer Femi Osibona, who also lost his life had unsealed the site multiple times and muscled government officials, citing connections with the authorities.

A source who pleaded for anonymity however told Daily Vendor that the ex commissioner was actually sacked by Gov Sanwo-Olu.

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