21st November, 2023
By Oluwatofunmi Adedokun
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday unveiled the ultra-modern edifice of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) in Ikeja.
Speaking at the event, Sanwo-Olu said that the iconic LASBCA building would ensure the safety and regulation of building constructions across the state.
The Governor emphasized the agency’s commitment to enforcing building codes and regulations to prevent the occurrence of tragic incidents.
He said the commissioning of the building is a testimony for the government and the workers to provide a conducive environment for the staff to carry out effective and efficient operations.
Sanwo-Olu stated that with a resolute commitment to the THEMES+ agenda for a greater Lagos, the LASBCA’s new office consolidates its position as a critical component of the city’s development.
“Equipped with cutting-edge technology and staffed by skilled professionals, the agency is well-equipped to ensure that construction activities adhere to the highest standards, contributing to the continued growth and safety of Lagos.
“The new LASBCA office will play a vital role in collaborating with stakeholders, developers, and citizens to create a beautiful, safe, and sustainable built environment. In a bustling city like Lagos, it’s crucial to have strong mechanisms to tackle the challenges of urbanization. The building adds a whole lot of beauty to the area, and everyone needs to step up and make the most of the equipment and materials in this awesome place.
“let’s look ahead with excitement and determination. Together, we can make Lagos shine and be an example for other cities to follow.” the Governor said.
Sanwo-Olu added that it is so inspiring to see that the building was designed and supervised by LASBCA’s own staff, saying that it showed that local architects, engineers, and builders could create top-notch structures that stand the test of time.
“I also want to take a moment to remind everyone of the responsibility that comes with this privilege. Let’s all stay dedicated and committed to the agency’s goals and do our best to fulfill our mandates with excellence.” the governor stated.
He also encouraged Lagosians, especially those in the construction industry, to prioritise safety and avoid cutting corners, adding that cutting corners leads to building collapses, which is to be avoided.
Also speaking, the General Manager of LASBCA, Gbolahan Oki, said with this new office complex, the agency is equipped to serve the people of Lagos State even more effectively as it will serve as a hub for collaboration, innovation and excellence in building control practices.
According to him, this building demonstrates the agency’s ability to adequately perform its duties as specified by the law, stating that their commitment to upholding the highest standards of construction and ensuring compliance with regulations is further strengthened by this facility.
He further said “To whom much is given, more is expected” and in fulfillment of the enormous expectation arising from the provision of this gigantic and befitting office building, we promise to recommit ourselves to the mission of the agency which is to create a safe, sustainable and resilient built environment for all Lagosians.”