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Lagos commences demolition of distressed buildings

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Two of the distressed buildings marked for removal .

Pained by the sudden death of a five-year-old boy at the distressed three-storey building, which collapsed last week at 19 Church Street, Lagos Island, the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), has vowed to commence demolition of dilapidated buildings across the state.  
 
General Manager of the agency, Gbolahan Oki, told The Guardian yesterday, that the demolition would commence tomorrow from Lagos Island, Amukoko and Apapa.
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Although about 70 dilapidated buildings have been marked for removal, he said, the demolition would be done in phases.  
  
He explained that 20 of the structures were discovered on Lagos Island alone, adding that removal of the structures would follow due processes, including conducting a Non-Destructive Test (NDT) on the structures to verify if they were fit for human habitation or needed to have some works done on them.
 
Oki emphasised that there are over 50 buildings marked for demolition in Lagos, stating that the motive was to sanitise and rid Lagos of distressed and dilapidated buildings in a bid to stem the incidence of building collapse in the state.
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He said officials of the agency had earlier visited the scene to get an on-the-spot assessment and asked the residents to evacuate and relocate for their own safety.
 
The general manager further reiterated that the government had zero tolerance for building collapse, hence all building codes and regulations within the state would be strictly enforced, including the need for all buildings above two floors to obtain insurance as contained in the building regulations 2019 (as amended).
 
He warned building developers/building owners to always involve agencies in their construction activities and get authorisation to commence construction after obtaining necessary building permits. He also advised them to invite LASBCA at every stage and obtain certificates of completion and fitness for habitation once the construction is completed.
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