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Lagos Demolishes Structures Beneath Power Lines, Seals Many Others

The Lagos State Government, acting through the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), has demolished an ongoing illegal construction along Church Street, off AIT Road, in Alagbado, Lagos.

This was revealed by LASBCA’s General Manager, Arc Gbolahan Oki, during the agency’s routine monitoring and enforcement exercise in Lagos State’s Alimosho Local Government Area.

Oki, who was represented during the inspection by the Director of Enforcement and Compliance Unit, Olusoji Olaopa, stated that the property owner/developer not only built under the powerline but also violated all of the state’s building codes.

“Some of the other violations include inadequate setbacks, airspace, built on the fence wall as well as being too close to a transformer, an action which poses a threat to the occupants and other residents in the area”. 

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The General Manager maintained that before the demolition of the structure was carried out, the owner was duly served all statutory notices ranging from Contravention, Stop Work Order and Demolition Notices, in line with the Lagos State Building Codes. 

The agency said that more demolitions will follow, in line with the state government’s determination to discourage members of the public from erecting structures under power lines or carrying out activities or businesses near power installations.

In a similar development, a critically distressed three-floor structure located at 9, Yusuf Bishi Street, Egbe-Idimu, Alimosho, whose owner had been duly served quit/evacuation notice after the building failed the Non-Destructive Test (NDT), was sealed by the Agency and occupants evacuated while plans have been put in place to remove the building. 

Over 7 other illegal and non-conforming buildings were also sealed due to various contraventions ranging from, building without approval, no letter of authorization to commence construction from LASBCA, and breaking of government seals amongst others. 

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