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AMBODE FINALLY ORDERS DEMOLITION OF MARKED BUILDINGS IN LAGOS ISLAND

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Joseph Omoniyi

Following the collapse of a three-storey building on Massey street, Ita-faji area of Lagos-Island, which killed about 9 people, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode as ordered the demolition of marked houses in the area.

Acting General Manager of the State Building Control Agency, Omotayo Fakolujo, who led the demolition on Friday said the officials were acting based on the governor’s directives.

He explained that most owners of some illegal structures evaded arrest despite disobeying the government’s order, “I can say that the owners and tenants are recalcitrant, in as much as we try to evict them, they continue to evade arrest and go through the back door and we feel that this structure might go down as soon as possible and that is why we have to bring it down today”.

“His Excellency,  Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has given a directive to go ahead and remove over 80 structures in Lagos island before the end of the month and we are doing them in phases and today, we are removing three and I assure you that life would be better for Lagosians and the security and safety of Lagosians is eminent in the heart of the governor.

“There is a lot of legal tussles that relate to demolition. For this one, we just had a clearance from the court last week we are moving to Smith, palm church and Adeniji Adele where we have marked over 20 structures for demolition.

Fakolujo stressed further that the government was also trying to evacuate occupants of most of the structures about to collapse.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had during an assessment tour to the site, vowed to demolish all illegal school buildings in the area.

He made the pledge on Wednesday while responding to concerns raised by some residents on the increase in illegal schools when he visited the scene of a building collapse.

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