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Lagos Govt. takes down 15 unapproved structures for contravening law

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

In a bid to rid the State of incessant building collapse, the Lagos State Government has pulled down about 15 illegal and unapproved structures around Obalende in Ikoyi-Victoria Island Local Council Development Area (LCDA).

The buildings were removed by the government through Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), from the community to avert cases of collapsed buildings that had previously resulted in losses of lives and property across the state.

Speaking after removal of these structures, the General Manager of LASBCA, Arc. Gbolahan Oki, explained that the actions taken by the government was basically to restore sanity to Obalende, a strategic community in the state.

Oki further stated that the owners and developers of the buildings had been served necessary notices ranging from contravention, stop work, and removal notices when the structures were still in infancy.

According to him, rather than do the needful, the owners’ ignored the notices and quickly rushed the buildings to completion, in the process, doing shabby jobs that portray danger to the lives and properties of Lagosians.

He lamented that despite different engagements with the developers where they had promised to make adjustments, nothing was done, hence the Agency had no option but to remove the buildings which were not constructed according to the building codes and laws of the state.

While reiterating government’s commitment to safeguarding the lives and properties of the people, Oki maintained that the Agency is more proactive in its approach by ensuring thorough implementation of the State’s Building Codes and Regulations that will further nip in the bud the menace of building collapse in Lagos State, therefore, creating a conducive environment where buildings are safe, secure and habitable for present and future generations.

In his words, Oki stated that “the Government will not leave any stone unturned when it comes to building control regulations in the State as Contraveners of the State Building Laws will face the full wrath of the Law that will serve as a detriment to others that plan to engage in shabby jobs in building construction in future”.

He added that for a building to be deemed safe, it must have necessary permits from the appropriate Agency (LASPPPA) after which the owner and developer must obtain Authorisation to commence Construction from LASBCA and every stage of the construction must be closely monitored by LASBCA Officials comprising of Builders, Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and Architects. After which the building will be issued a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION AND FITNESS FOR HABITATION.

The LASBCA boss, meanwhile, appealed to owners and developers to always build by the rules and urged members of the public to be their brother’s keeper by acting as checkmating officers and report any illegal construction going on in their vicinities as the Agency alone cannot do the job without the support of the public.

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