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Lagos Govt. to introduce new property completion, habitation certificate

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Lagos State Government has concluded plans to unveil and issue the rebranded Certificate of Completion and Fitness for Habitation to property owners and developers whose buildings had met satisfactorily requirements for construction in the state.

It said that the certificate would be issued by Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA) to owners of new buildings that have passed through all stages set to prevent building collapse across the state.
The LABSCA General Manager, Gbolahan Oki in a statement said that the Certificate will be issued to owners of new buildings that have passed through all stages of building construction and certified by LASBCA building professionals.
Oki noted that existing old buildings that have successfully carried out the Non-Destructive Structural Integrity Test conducted by Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory and deemed stable will be certified.
The General Manager added that the building codes stipulate that every stage of a building construction must be closely monitored by the Agency officials comprising of Builders, Architects, Structural, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers from laying of the foundation through external works and fittings till the building is complete.
According to him, the certificate to be issued is backed up with a security barcode and can be verified on the Agency’s website.
He said this will not only add value to the building but can also be used as collateral in obtaining a bank facility. He assures would-be occupants of their safety as the certificate is an indication that the completed structure is built according to designs specifications and therefore safe for habitation.
Oki enjoined any would-be tenant or property buyer to request the certificate from the landlord or owner of the building before payment of their rents or conclusion of property transaction to ensure the building is indeed safe.
He further called on all building Owners/Developers in the State to take the necessary steps before commencing their building construction by obtaining all necessary approvals by inviting LASBCA for inspection and finally obtaining the Certificate once the project is completed.
He however warned that failure to do this will subject the buildings to serious engineering appraisal which will attract penalties from the agency.
He insisted that the Agency’s quality control mechanism and compliance level will translate to a radical, meaningful, and positive attitudinal change of owners/ developers in the building construction industry to have a well-planned and orderly environment to achieve the State’s vision of zero tolerance to building collapse.
Oki emphasized that LASBCA under this dispensation is poised to take the State to a greater height through enhanced broad-based participatory planning and constructive engagement with the citizenry, professional bodies, and stakeholders in the building industry.

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