In this article, you’ll learn about all residential and industrial schemes available in Lagos State, owned and managed by the Lagos State Government. You’ll also learn about the 4 Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that manages these schemes, how to own a property in any of the schemes and steps you need to take in getting development permit, thereby avoiding the Lagos State Building Control Agency from sealing/demolishing your building.
In exercising the power conferred on the governors of each state, the governors can acquire land for public use through residential schemes for allocation to residents in the state as part of efforts to meet the housing needs of citizens of the state. This paper examines the various residential schemes created by the Lagos State Government in Nigeria and further discusses how to subscribe to any of these schemes and processes involved in developing same.
SOME GOVERNMENT RESIDENTIAL SCHEMES IN LAGOS STATE
There are 5 divisions in Lagos State and in these 5 divisions; we have the constitutionally recognized 20 Local Government Areas and the 37 additional Local Council Development Areas. The schemes created by the Lagos State Government are available in each of the five divisions which are listed below
Lagos Island Division: Lekki Pennisula Scheme 1, Lekki Pennisula Scheme 2, etc
Epe Division: In Epe Division, we have Orisan Waterfront; Agbowa mixed scheme, Light Industrial Scheme, Teachers’ Village, Temu and Valley View Mixed development schemes respectively.
Badagry Division: We have Amuwo-Odofin, Ijanikin Rose Garden, Safe-Court Garden Ijanikin, Mosafejo Aradagun Scheme and Sunny Field Scheme.
Ikeja Division: We have Oko-Oba Scheme, Omole Scheme, Fortune Garden Residential Scheme, Ilasamaja Industrial Scheme Isolo, apart from the well known Magodo Scheme and Isheri residential scheme.
Ikorodu Division: Ikorodu GRA 2 and 3 and Millennium residential scheme
AGENCIES THAT MANAGES GOVERNMENT SCHEME IN LAGOS STATE
There are four primary government MDAs (Ministry Department and Agencies) directly responsible for the management and design of all Lagos State Government Schemes. These agencies are The New Towns Development Authority (NTDA) Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Land Use and Allocation Committee (LUAC) and Office of the Surveyor General of Lagos State
HOW TO ACQUIRE LAND IN A GOVERNMENT SCHEME
The various schemes under the ownership and management of the Lagos State Government have been listed above. Some of these schemes are fully subscribed and no longer available in the primary market (direct allocation/sale by Government) except from secondary market (buying from original allottees) while some others are still available for purchase from the Lagos State Government.
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DEVELOPING LAND WITHIN GOVERNMENT SCHEME
There are various clauses in the Letters of Allocation and Certificates of Occupancy issued to allotees of Government Scheme which states categorically that land must be fully developed within 2 years from the date of issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. Failure to comply with these clauses could constitute a breach. The Government has always warned plot owners in the scheme to commence the development of their plots, or have them confiscated by the State
It is important to note that before any development can be commenced on any land in Lagos State, there is need for development permit to be sought from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development. Under the Ministry is the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) the agency responsible for granting development permit. All intending developers must apply to the agency before they can mobilize personnel to the site.
DEVELOPING LAND IN GOVERNMENT SCHEME WITHOUT APPROVAL
Every property/building in the state must be validated and regularized in line with the specifications of the state Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, irrespective of whether the building/property is within Government Scheme or private land. There exist the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2010 that regulates development in Lagos State.