LASBCA to demolish six distressed buildings in Lagos Island
• Issues vacation orders to occupants of illegal attachments
In furtherance of efforts to prevent building collapse in the state, the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has marked six distressed buildings on the Lagos Island for demolition.
The agency also ordered occupants of illegal attachments to buildings in the area, to quit.
The General Manager of LASBCA, Gbolahan Oki, who disclosed this, while supervising a special enforcement exercise, said the agency was acting on the mandate to identify and remove distressed and non-conforming buildings within the metropolis to forestall needless tragedies.
He gave a seven-day vacation order to occupants of illegal attachments, stating that buildings in the axis were notorious for illegally adding attachments to their frontage to obstruct setbacks and make the approach to them less visible.
“Some of the distressed buildings are quite difficult to detect due to the illegal attachments in their frontage; as such we need to remove them to reveal the actual state of the buildings,” he said.
Oki, an architect, lamented the spate of illegal, unapproved buildings and construction in the area, despite the government’s enlightenment campaigns and stringent enforcement measures.
He reiterated that it was illegal to erect buildings without obtaining the necessary approvals and going through stage supervision and eventual certification of the building as fit for habitation by LASBCA.
Noting that the ongoing demolition exercise was a wake-up call to all developers and property owners in the State to build by the rules, he said the Lagos State Government would continue to come down heavily on any act of disregard for the State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2019 as amended.
He emphasised that LASBCA would not relent in removing both distressed and non-conforming buildings in the state, while the cost of removal will be at the expense of the owners.
The General Manager assured that the safety of life and property remained the government’s priority as the ongoing exercise is not designed to witch-hunt or intimidate the people, but to ensure their wellness and well-being.
He urged Lagos residents to continue to give maximum support to the government by carrying out voluntary structural engineering appraisals on their old buildings, obtaining the certificate of completion and fitness for habitation; and promptly reporting cases of distressed, non-conforming and illegal developments.