Ogun State Government says it has eliminated all artificial bottlenecks created by unauthorised middle men, in the issuance of building plan approval.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, Mr. Nafiu Adebiyi, stated this during a courtesy visit to his office in Abeokuta by Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Ogun State branch.
Adebiyi noted that the development was a clear deviation from the existing practise, where unauthorised professionals in the building sector process approval document on behalf of the potential applicant, maintaining that the applicants now have unhindered access to the ministry, for issuance of their documents.
He revealed that, ‘’most of the factors causing delay in issuance of approval of building plan was as a result of the activities of the middle men (third parties), who want to circumvent the process for personal gains’’.
Adebiyi said it was high time the association disabused the minds of their members, who are usually not willing to visit the Town Planning Offices to track their applications.
The Permanent Secretary informed that, there were procedures to be followed by filling station operators before they can rename, renovate or add new structures to existing or moribund stations in any part of the State, adding that any unauthorised change in initial approval may bring about sanction.
Adebiyi said, “the checklist requirement depends on what you want to do, however, it is compulsory to obtain government approval if there will be any slight change in what has been approved by the Ministry, prior to construction. Any renovation carried out by filling stations without approval will attract sanctions’’.
In his response, Chairman, IPMAN, Otunba Femi Adelaja, appealed to government to write in black and white the checklist of procedures, the association needs to follow, in order to renovate filling stations across the State, saying it would go a long way in educating their members.
He assured of the Association’s readiness to set up a Committee that would liaise with the Ministry from time to time to speed up approval of applications by their members.
Luke Adebesin & Tosin Koletowo,
Press Officer MUPP.