Following the controversial demolition of DATKEM Plaza, valued at over one billion naira, by the Ogun State government under the leadership of Governor Dapo Abiodun, social media users are suggesting that Ogun State should take cues from the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) regarding building compliance.
In contrast to the Ogun incident, LASBCA has received praise for its professional handling of a similar situation. LASBCA recently issued a post-construction audit letter to the owner of Heyden Filling Station in Ilupeju, Lagos State, advising them to rectify their documentation. The owner has been granted a 90-day period to meet the compliance requirements.
Many political observers believe that the demolition of DATKEM Plaza could have severe consequences for the residents of Ijebu Ode. They argue that the loss of the plaza would lead to job losses, hinder trade and commerce, result in a shortfall of expected tax revenues for the state, and discourage prospective investors due to concerns about policy stability.
One commentator noted, “Ogun State should seek guidance from LASBCA on how to handle building compliance issues more professionally and transparently. This could help prevent future controversies and promote sustainable development in the state.”
Observers are optimistic that Ogun State will heed these lessons and adopt a more effective approach to building regulations, ultimately benefiting its citizens and attracting increased investments in the future.