The Lagos State Government on Monday said it had lifted the embargo on the grant of planning permit for the construction of petrol stations with immediate effect. The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Rotimi Ogunleye, disclosed this at a news conference in Alausa, Ikeja.
He said the government had also approved the implementation of a reviewed guideline detailing the requirements to be met by operators seeking planning permits for filling stations and gas plants in the state.
The ministry announced the ban on granting of permits for the construction of petrol stations. Ogunleye said the state government came up with the ban to ensure safe and orderly siting, operation and management of petrol stations and gas plants for the overall safety of residents.
The state government also placed embargo on the approval of gas plants due to the recurring fire outbreaks as a result of non-compliance with standard safety measures.
The commissioner said with the reviewed guidelines, investors intending to embark on developments of such nature and existing operators were directed to strictly comply with the provisions of the reviewed templates.
“Investors are enjoined to apply for planning information from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development before embarking on any development. This will allow them have first-hand information about the kind of development that can be done in a specific area of the state,” Ogunleye said.