The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has demolished two distressed buildings as part of the Lagos State Government’s effort to clear the state of non-conforming constructions.
This was disclosed by the General Manager of LASBCA, Arc. Gbolahan Oki, who said that the demolition of two, three-floor structures located at 151, Itire Road and 14, Akinwunmi Street, both in Mushin area of the State, is part of efforts at achieving the vision of zero-tolerance of building collapse in the State.
Oki said, “the affected buildings were identified as being highly distressed as far back as last year but in spite of all efforts by the Agency to prevail on the recalcitrant owners of the affected buildings to toe the line of due processes and best practices in consonance with LASBCA regulations, including conducting Non-Destructive Tests, the owners did not respond and the Agency had to be proactive in removing the buildings in order to avert a collapse.’’
He stressed that the decision was reached after the Agency conducted a thorough engineering appraisal and monitoring across the State. Oki explained that the exercise was carried out to ensure a better physical planning environment for sustainable development and to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and property.
“People have displayed contempt for State Laws on Building Construction in the past, and the consequences have been troubling,” he stated. This has to cease so that everyone can enjoy secure and habitable structures without fear of collapse.”
As a result, he urged building owners and developers to avoid commencing projects without first getting Building Planning Approvals, receiving authorization from the LASBCA, engaging competent professionals, and generally following by the State’s building rules and codes.
Oki also urged owners and developers of existing structures to develop a good maintenance culture, conduct engineering appraisals as needed, and obtain a Certificate of Completion and Fitness for Habitation, which certifies that the structure is fit for habitation and assures potential occupants of a safe and secure environment.