13th October, 2010
In a bid to stem the spate at which buildings collapse in the state, the Lagos StateÂ Lagos State Physical Planning and Development Agency (LASPPDA) has marked nine buildingsÂ discovered to be weak for demolition.
It has also pencilled down five other buildings for test to determine their standard.
This action is coming on the heels of the collapse of two buildings in the stateÂ recently.
The General Manager of the State Physical Planning and Development Agency (LASPPDA), Dr.Â Oke Osanyintolu, recently disclosed this to newsmen while on an inspection of a collapsedÂ building at Alli Street, Lagos Island.
He said the state government will no longer fold its arms and allow such tragedy toÂ continue.
Among the structures that are meant to be demolished include 20, 22, 24, 26/28 AlliÂ Street, 4A and 9A Obe Street and 11, 13, 15 Obadina Street, all in Tinubu/Itafaji areasÂ of Lagos Island.
Others that have been marked for tests are 17 Obadina Street, 30, 32, 23 and 25 AlliÂ Street where the Lagos State House correspondent of the Nigerian Observer Newspaper,Â Raheem Ibrahim, resides on the Island.
According to Osanyintolu, the state government had continuously warned landlords whoseÂ houses are not properly constructed or whose houses are weak due to the long time ofÂ construction to renovate them since two years ago.
â€œSince they have failed to comply with the advice, rules and regulations of the stateÂ government, we cannot allow such incidents to continue where lives and properties areÂ lost,â€ he declared.
He added that: â€œAll deficient structures in this state will not be left behind so as notÂ to leave any stone unturned.
â€œIt is not only this area that will be affected, other places on the Island where suchÂ structures are situated will be touched.â€
Reacting to the reason why the collapsed building and two others that are marked forÂ demolition were left untouched before the incident, Osanyintolu said he was not inÂ position to answer the question.
According to him: â€œIt is the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Renewal thatÂ can respond to it, because I am here only on rescue mission.â€
â€”By Eromosele Ebhomele