The Nation (Nigeria)
LASBCA tackles partially collapsed buildings
•To pull down 70
THE Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has demolished a partially collapsed structure at No 19, Church Street, Lagos Island.
Its General Manager Gbolahan Oki said it had become necessary to remove the building because it was dilapidated, distressed and unfit for habitation.
He said over 50 buildings had been marked for demolition in Lagos and that the motive was to rid the state of distressed and dilapidated buildings and stem the era of building collapse.
Oki noted that he and other officers from the agency had earlier visited the buiding to assess it and asked the residents to relocate for their safety.
The General Manager added that the agency has also identified and marked 70 dilapidated and highly distressed buildings, which would be removed to prevent collapse that could lead to loss of lives and properties.
He explained that 20 of the structures were discovered on Lagos Island alone, adding that their removal would follow due process, which include conducting a Nondistressed buildings Destructive test (NDT) on the structures to verify if they were fit for habitation or needed to be renovated.
The GM reiterated that the government has zero tolerance for building collapse and that state building codes would be strictly enforced, including the need for buildings above two floors to obtain insurance as contained in the Building Regulations of 2019.
He advised developers to obtain building permits and involve the agency in every stage of the construction with Certificates of Completion.
Oki appealed to residents to assist the government in actualising its objective of creating a safer Lagos by reporting substandard constructions and dilapidated structures within their locality t the agency.