Lagos government demolishes partially collapsed building, marks 70 others for removal

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The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) says it has demolished a partially collapsed building at No. 19, Church Str, Lagos Island, and is set to demolish 70 others.

A statement on Friday by LASBCA spokesman, Mr. Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, said the General Manager of the agency Mr. Gbolahan Oki, supervised the demolition exercise.

Lagos govenment demolishes partially collapsed building, marks 70 others for removal
Lagos government demolishes partially collapsed buildings, marks 70 others for removal. Photo Credit: Vanguard

Speaking at the demolition site, Oki said it has become an urgency to immediately remove the dilapidated and distressed building, which was no longer fit for human habitation to prevent collapse.

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He said several other defective buildings had been marked for removal to rid the state of defective buildings, in a bid to end the era of building collapses.

Oki noted that his team had earlier visited the distressed building site to get an on-the-spot assessment and asked the residents to relocate for their safety.

The General Manager said the agency had identified and marked 70 other distressed buildings within the state for removal.

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He explained that 20 of the structures were discovered on Lagos Island.

Oki assured that due process would be followed for Non-Destructive Tests (NDTs) to be carried out on affected buildings in order to ascertain their structural integrity.

He added that the test would also determine if the buildings could be either renovated or demolished if found not safe for human habitation.

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The General manager further reiterated that the “government has absolutely zero tolerance for building collapse, hence all building codes regulation within the state would be strictly enforced”.

He added that enforcement would include ensuring all buildings above two floors obtained insurance, as contained in the Building Regulations 2019 (as amended).

He warned developers and property owners to always do the right thing by involving LASBCA at various stages of construction works and obtaining all required approvals and completion certificates.

Oki appealed to Lagos residents to help the government achieve its aim of creating a safer state by reporting substandard construction and dilapidated structures within their locality to the agency.

Matongo told Business Day: “It’s confirmed, he has passed on this morning. He was in the hospital due to hospital due to Covid-19. He did not make it.”

Makhubo’s spokesperson, Mlimandlela Ndamase, could not immediately be reached for comment.

On July 3, Ndamase announced that Makhubo had been hospitalized for Covid-19 complications, following a positive test result late in June.

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