6th March, 2012
Lawmakers at the Lagos State House of Assembly have invited the Managing Director of Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency (LASAA), Kayode Noah, to the House to explain the circumstances that led to the collapse of several masts and billboards in the state.
Several masts and billboards collapsed during a recent rain storm in the state, which killed some people and destroyed properties.
Also invited along with the LASAA boss are the state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Toyin Ayinde, and the General Manager of Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA), Joe Igbokwe.
The House believes that those who are responsible for the maintenance of the masts and billboards in the state have not been doing their jobs, alleging that this might have led to the collapse of the masts during the heavy rainfall.
While speaking on the Matter of Urgent Public Importance on the floor of the House, the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olusegun Olulade, opined that the masts and billboards were made with substandard materials, and that was why they collapsed easily during the rainfall.
Olulade’s colleagues, who contributed to the deliberation, agreed that the agencies in charge did not ensure quality materials are used for the construction of the masts and billboards.
Chairman, House Committee on Works, Rotimi Olowo, noted that the people who mount the masts and billboards do not always take their time to assess their quality before construction.
“The Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development should also ensure that they monitor these masts and billboards.
“Also, LASAA should ensure that they don’t just allocate space for mounting these things,” Olowo said, adding that the agency must also ensure that quality materials are used for their construction.
Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji, in his submission, directed that the MD of LASAA, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, and GM of LASIMRA should appear before the House next Tuesday, 13 March.