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SDGs: Institute wants Lagos Govt. reduce building certification levies



SDGs: Institute wants Lagos Govt. reduce building certification levies

By Grace Alegba

The Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Building Institute (NIOB) called for a reduction in building certification levies in Lagos State in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11.

Section President Mr. Sunday Wusu made the appeal on Thursday at a press conference to announce the 30th Lagos Builders Conference scheduled for October 27-28 in Ikeja.

The theme of the conference is: “Building Control Regulations and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Lagos State, Invigorating Processes, Optimizing Results”.

Wusu noted that SDG 11, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, projected that by 2030, all countries should have reached the benchmark of sustainable cities and communities.

He said that Lagos was far from reaching the target, urging the state government to focus more on massively upgrading slum infrastructure in order to achieve the goal of making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The president said the recent relaunch of the Certificate of Completion and Housing Suitability to enforce state planning laws, while laudable, was like putting the cart before the horse.

He said the certification stage that should be reached before the issuance of the Certificate of Completion and Housing Suitability was more important because “buildings cannot collapse on paper”.

He said procedures should be streamlined and the government should ensure the affordability of levies so that more people can build homes.

“The eyes of the government should not only be where it gets more funds, but also on the memory of the SDGs.

“The UN mainly seeks accessibility for people not only in the city but also in the hinterland.

“The government should make sure the hinterland is accessible to the city. The reason we still have traffic jams in Lagos is that everything tends towards the island of Lagos.

“Even if the government increases the fees for certifying buildings in high border areas, it needs to ensure that fees in the hinterland are drastically reduced so that people can access them,” he said. declared.

Wusu said the government was being too cautious in trying to please residents of the state by imposing levies on all building certification procedures and not focusing on building new towns to ease the pressure on centers. -cities.

“Recently the cost of all of these services has increased.

“If we are to follow the SDGs, these fees are not supposed to be increased,” he said.

He denounced the high cost of building materials and the exorbitant state rent.

He noted that 14 of the SDGs were dedicated to the construction industry to highlight the importance of housing for humanity.

He urged the government to make all divisions of the state become industrial hubs to attract development to the hinterland to relieve the cities and reduce traffic congestion and overcrowding.

Wusu said the government should set up cottage building material industries in the hinterland to reduce the impact of building collapses caused by developers trying to cut corners to cut costs.

Earlier, Mr. Lucky Isaname, chairman of the conference’s local organizing committee (LOC), said the 30th Lagos Builders Conference will attract building professionals as well as other stakeholders.

Isaname said NIOB will reflect with stakeholders, including the State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, on strategies to avoid duplication of roles by government agencies.

He said the conference will also try to come up with solutions and promote compliance with the Lagos State Physical Development Planning Act 2019 to prevent buildings from collapsing.

Other LOC members also discussed the steps to be taken to meet SDG 11 before 2030.

Source: NAN

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