By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
In a bid to prevent loss of lives and property whenever building collapse, Lagos State Government has sealed Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, a Cherubim and Seraphim Church and 17 other buildings in Ikorodu axis.
Their offense, according to the State Government, was that their structures were erected in sharp variance with the town planning laws of the State.
Among the structures shut by officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), were churches including RCCG and Cherubim and Seraphim Church on Bamgbose Street in Igbogbo Baiyeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA) and others.
In one community, no fewer than eight buildings were shut because their owners did not have building permits and other required documents. Buildings were also shut at Kosebinu Orepekun Street, Market Street, Ogolonto, among others.
General Manager, LASBCA, Abiola Kosegbe, led the enforcement team of the agency and was accompanied by Chairman of the council, Olusesan Daini and officials of the State Taskforce.
According to Kosegbe, the government team was in the area to enforce and sensitise the people know the reason why they must build right in view of incessant collapsed buildings being experienced in some parts of the state.
She said developers could not erect any building without informing LASBCA, saying that was the reason government officers were shutting down structures.
Kosegbe said any developer that did not notify the government about the development of their structure could be arrested, as the government did not want the incidence of collapsed buildings.
According to her, most of the properties sealed had already been served abatement notices, adding that LASBCA also engaged in the post construction audit, where those who had already completed their buildings were asked to present documents to ascertain if they got the needed permits to erect such structures.
Daini added that the essence of the enforcement and sensitisation exercise was to reduce incidence of building collapse and maintain the standard.
“The problem we have is that people don’t build right. Affected residents are to go to LASBCA to regularise their documents and those building now should get their building permits. They should be citizens. The government is not doing this alone to generate revenue, but to protect the citizens,” he added.