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LASBCA REMOVES PARTIALLY COLLAPSED BUILDING ON LAGOS ISLAND

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THE LASBCA REMOVAL OF A PARTIALLY COLLAPSED BUILDING

….. 70 distressed buildings will be demolished across the state.

Oladeji Showunmi

The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has demolished a partially collapsed structure on Lagos Island’s Church Street.

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The General Manager of the Agency Arc spoke at the construction site. Gbolahan Oki stated that the building must be demolished immediately because it is severely dilapidated, distressed, and unfit for human habitation.

He emphasized that over fifty buildings have been designated for demolition in Lagos, with the goal of sanitizing and ridding the city of distressed and dilapidated structures in order to end the state’s era of building collapse.

Arc. Oki stated that he and other Agency officers had previously visited the scene to conduct an on-the-spot assessment and had advised residents to evacuate and relocate for their own safety.

Furthermore, the General Manager stated that the Agency has identified and marked 70 noticeably dilapidated and highly distressed buildings throughout the State that will be removed to further prevent collapse that could result in the loss of lives and property.

He explained that 20 of the structures were discovered on Lagos Island alone, but that removal of the identified structures would follow due processes, including conducting a Non-Destructive Test (NDT) on the structures to determine whether they were fit for human habitation or if they needed to be repaired.

The general manager also stated that the government has a zero-tolerance policy for building collapses, so all building code regulations within the state will be strictly enforced, including the requirement for all buildings with more than two floors to obtain insurance, as stated in the building regulations 2019. (as amended)

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He warned building developers /owners to always do the right thing by involving Lasbca in their construction by seeking Authorisation to commence construction after obtaining necessary building permits, invite Lasbca in every stage and finally obtaining Certificates of Completion and fit for Habitation once the construction is fully completed.

Oki appealed to residents to assist the government in actualizing its objective of creating a safer Lagos by reporting noticed substandard building constructions and dilapidated structures within their locality to the agency for necessary actions.

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