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Lagos govt pulls down distressed buildings

By BENJAMIN OMOIKE

As a measure to prevent loss of lives and property in Lagos, the state’s building control agency (LASBCA), has pulled down no fewer than three buildings, which were identified to have become distressed and potentially could cave in anytime soon in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government.

One of the buildings demolished by the agency was a partially collapsed two-story building sited in Oribanwa Town, Ibeju-Lekki Local Government, and the two others removed were bungalows in Mesia Town in Abijo and Ogombo Town.

The General Manager, LASBCA, Gbolahan Oki, who led the enforcement exercise after the state governor, Babajide SanwoOlu, lifted the suspension over the Ikoyi highrise building collapse, stated that the demolition of the building was necessary to avert a total collapse of the building, which may have cost lives and property of citizens, The Trumpet gathered.

The LASBCA boss further stated that the construction of the buildings was ongoing before they were pulled down, to prevent them from collapsing willingly.

On the two-story building in Oribanwa, he noted that the agency’s personnel discovered the distressed building earlier and sealed it up after serving all statutory notices, including a stopwork order.

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Stating that all the processes yielded no positive response from the recalcitrant developer, the General Manager maintained that some building owners/ developers were bent on contravening the state’s building laws, threatening that the agency would continue to compel compliance, to avert further building collapse across the state.

On the two other buildings, Oki disclosed that they were removed for being built on access roads in violation of the Lagos State Building Control Law.

He observed that no responsible government will watch its citizens die an avoidable death without taking the precautionary measures to avert it.

The General Manager, therefore, called on building owners/developers to seek appropriate authorisation from the agency before the commencement of any construction, subject their existing buildings to the Structural Integrity Tests, and obtain all necessary building permits.

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