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Lagos marks 70 houses for demolition, 20 on the Island

Lagos marks 70 houses for demolition, 20 on the Island

The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) said it is set to demolish 70 distressed buildings in the state.

Twenty of the buildings are on Lagos Island.

The agency made this known after bulldozing a partially collapsed house at 19 Church Street on the Island.

LASBCA spokesman, Mr Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, said the General Manager of the agency Mr Gbolahan Oki, supervised the demolition.

Oki said it has became an urgency to immediately remove the dilapidated and distressed building, which were no longer fit for human habitation, to prevent collapse.

He said many defective buildings had been marked for removal in a bid to end the era of building collapses.

Oki noted that his team had earlier visited the distressed buildings 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.

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.

The General manager further reiterated that the “government has absolute 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 requisite approvals and completion certificates.

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

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