Lagos begins mass demolition of distressed buildings

A distressed building in Lagos

A distressed building in Lagos

By Grace Alegba/Lagos

The Lagos State Government on Monday said it will embark on a weeklong demolition of distressed buildings in Ebute Meta and other areas of the state.

It said that the exercise is to prevent building collapse and safeguard lives and property.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, said only identified defective buildings in the state would be taken down.

The commissioner said the exercise would focus on “structures already marked as distressed by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), particularly in Ebute-Meta East where an occupied building collapsed a week ago with many others vividly showing distress signs”.

Salako is quoted as saying that it became pragmatic to promptly demolish structures earlier identified as critically distressed to avert disaster during the rainy season.

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The commissioner said that this would be done while the assessment of structures in the area and other parts of the state continued.

“The administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu is committed to ensuring the security of lives and property.

“This underlies our resolve to act promptly in addressing the spate of building collapse by removing uninhabitable structures before they cause more havoc, especially during the rainy season when such buildings are more prone to collapse”, he said.

The commissioner urged residents to be extra vigilant and report anomalies through the state government’s communication channels.

He said they should do so particularly through the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Mobile App available on Google Play and IoS.

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