Lagos Govt Demolishes 40 Distressed Buildings In Lagos Island

Lagos Govt Demolishes 40 Distressed Buildings In Lagos Island

Thirteen buildings earlier marked as distressed were demolished today by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).

The buildings, located on Lagos Island, are part of the 40 structures to be brought down in the first phase of the exercise across the state.

The LASBCA general manager, Engr. Lekan Shodehinde, said the demolitions are under the first phase of the demolition of distressed buildings approved by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
He added ample notice was given to the owners of the structures before the commencement of the demolition.

The first phase of the demolition will last for about one month.

According to him, the exercise was being carried out to stem tides of collapsed buildings in the State, saying that government would not fold its arm and allow buildings to collapse indiscriminately across the metropolis.

Shodehinde disclosed that the agency had identified 114 distressed buildings that need to be demolished across the metropolis, adding that the others would be demolished during the second phase of the exercise.

He stated that government would no longer wait for owners of distressed buildings to remove them on their own as experience has shown that such owners do not always remove such structures.

Shodehinde explained that once a distressed building had been demolished by the government, the owner would be given 90 days to pay the demolition cost, failure for which government would seize the land.

He said before a building would be demolished, the owner would be given ample time to remedy the situation, which included subjecting the property to integrity test.

The LASBCA general manager stated that if after the test had been carried out and the property was found to be unsafe, it would be demolished.

However, the buildings being demolished ranged from two-storey to four-storey buildings.

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