Lagos To Demolish More Defective Buildings

•One of the buildings to be demolished.

Following the spate of collapsed buildings in the state and the attendant deaths, the Lagos State government has intensified its operation to pull down defective buildings in the state.

The renewed onslaught is coming on the heels of the collapse of a storey building at Iyana Oworo in Bariga Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.

Over 40 pupils of a private nursery and primary school, Taiwo Nursery and Primary School, located in the Boys’ Quarters of the building at 57, Oworo Road,  escaped death when it collapsed. Some of them, however, sustained injuries and were rushed to the hospital.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Agency, LASEMA, who rushed to the scene told P.M.NEWS that over 40 pupils were in the small school when a part of the decking collapsed.

Occupants of the buildings were evacuated by LASEMA officials in order to avert disaster.

A LASEMA official told P.M.NEWS further that another two-storey building at 35, Offin Street, Apongbon, Lagos Island had been marked for dissolution and that occupants had been asked to vacate the structure.

When P.M.NEWS visited 35 Offin Street, Lagos Island this morning, officials of the Lagos Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, had condoned off the building and were awaiting instruction to demolish it.

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Occupants of the building had vacated the building as at this morning.

Residents of the area who spoke with P.M.NEWS said since the instruction to quit was from the state government, the occupants had moved out their belongings.

Chief Executive Officer, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu said immediately LASEMA received information about the shaking building, it swung into action and asked the occupants to leave before it collapses. “This is one of the pro active measures we usually take to prevent disasters because we believe in preventing disasters before they occur,” he stated

Commenting on the collapsed building at Oworonsoki, the LASEMA boss stated: “We received information about the incident and on investigation, we found out that the information was correct. We informed the inhabitants to vacate the structure. The police stations in the area were also informed about the situation on ground.”

Oke-Osayintolu called on owners of all buildings to carry out material testing on the buildings and immediately carry out urgent rehabilitation before the structures collapse.

“Government has a responsibility to warn occupants of certain structures to vacate such if it had knowledge that such property were dilapidated,” he added.

— Kazeem Ugbodaga & Jamiu Isa

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