Synagogue Building Collapse: NITP Chairman Debunks Allegations, Sues For Professionalism

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The Chairman of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Lagos state chapter, Tpl Bisi Adedire has debunked the statement credited to him that the Lagos State government  allows building a house without development permit during the ongoing trial of the Registered Trustees of The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).

It was recently published in one of the national dailies (not daily trust) that Adedire Adebisi while testifying at the on-going criminal trial of the registered trustees of The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) that Lagos government allows building a house without development permit.

He said his position was that  an existing building without development permit can still get a planning permit. 

It would be recalled that the building of SCOAN at Ikotun Egbe in Lagos collapsed on September 12, 2014 and a case was instituted at Lagos High Court, Igbosere to bring the culprits to justice.

Adedire who clarified his position at a stakeholders meeting of the insitiute in Ibadan during the weekend urged the media to embrace professionalim in discharging their duties.

According to him, “it was erroneous and damaging for a newspaper to misquote and fails to seek clarification in a matter of  highly sensitivity before rushing to the press.

“This is completely contrary to what was said. I am a stanch follower of regulation and ethics of the profession.

“There is no section or subsection of any physical planning regulation of the State where it is permitted for buildings to be erected without development permit”. 

“For emphasy, what I said at the court was planning permit is a process whereby a proponent who seek to develop a land brings developmental proposal to the planning offices with the aim of receiving development permit to ensure legitimate erection of buildings in accordance to government regulation”.

“In other words, as far as the regulation is concerned, a building without development permit is not legitimate. However, it should be noted that the state government had always giving room for existing buildings within the state which were constructed without planning approval to be condoled by allowing the owners or developers to come for regularization.

Tpl Adedire noted that the process of regularizing a building without permit had been even before he became a town planning consultant to Lagos State.

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