Lagos Seals Off Eight Distressed Buildings

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The Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, LASPPPA, has sealed off eight distressed buildings containing over 200 rooms in Surulere area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

The affected buildings are located at Olufon Close, off Memudu Street, Orile-Iganmu in Coker-Aguda Local Council Development Area.

Officials of the LASPPA stormed the area on Wednesday to seal off the buildings in preparation for their demolition by the state government.

The eight structures, built on 1,200 square metres of land, have three two-storey buildings, two three-storey buildings; one four-storey building; a 5-floor building and a 4-floor structure still under construction.

The buildings were earlier identified as distressed in a 2011 survey by the defunct Lagos State Physical Planning and Development Authority, and the owner, Mr. Morufu Baderu, a security officer at Coker-Aguda, Local Council Development Area, was requested to conduct a structural integrity test on the buildings which he did not do, but went ahead to put additional floors on some of the structures.

Officials of LASPPPA had served the owner of the buildings Stop Work Order and Seal Up notices before Wednesday’s exercise.

Most of the occupants who got wind of the seal up notice confirmed that they had confronted the owner when he began adding more structures to the already distressed buildings, adding that they had been having sleepless nights since the rain started this year.

According to Mr. Durojaiye Rufai, the Director, LASPPPA and the leader of the team, his officials noticed the construction of additional floors on an already distressed building and “we decided to probe only to discover that all the eight buildings have structural defects.

“The necessary integrity test to determine whether part of the buildings can still stay was not carried out, but the owner neglected all the served notices and went on with the construction.

“All the eight buildings are inaccessible, the environment is unconducive for human habitation, all the staircases were poorly constructed, there are noticeable cracks, horizontally and vertically on the structures and narrow escape routes in case of disaster,” he stated.

—Kazeem Ugbodaga

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