The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), on Wednesday, demolished a partially collapsed two-storey building at Oribanwa Town, Ibeju-Lekki Area of the State.
A statement signed by the General Manager, LASBCA, Arc. Gbolahan Oki said the demolition of the building was necessary to avert a total collapse of the building that may cost the lives and property of citizens.
Oki further stated that the building construction, which was ongoing during the collapse, was earlier detected by the Agency and sealed up after serving all statutory notices including a stop-work order.
Stating that all the processes yielded no positive response from the recalcitrant developer, the General Manager maintained that some building owners/developers are bent on contravening the State’s building laws and noted that the Agency will continue to compel compliance in order to avert further building collapse in Lagos State.
He observed that no responsible government will watch its citizens die an avoidable death without taking the precautionary measures to avert it.
The General Manager, therefore, called on building owners/developers to seek appropriate authorisation from the agency before the commencement of any construction, subject their existing buildings to the Structural Integrity Tests and obtain all necessary building permits.
In a related development, two other bungalows were also removed at Mesia Town in Abijo and Ogombo town both in Ibeju-Lekki area of the State for being built on access roads in violation of the Lagos State Building Control Law.
The demolition was carried out after several contravention notices including a stop-work-order were served by the Agency on the owners who refused to comply with the directive.