In the wake of numerous building collapses claiming lives in Lagos in recent months, 1800 buildings have been sealed by the state government and are awaiting demolition. Distressed buildings with poor structural integrity are a risk to residents and violate the physical planning and urban development laws of the state. While some buildings are still set to undergo integrity testing, other demolitions have already begun.
This Day reports: the General Manager of the state Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Mrs. Abimbola Animashaun, explained that many of the affected property owners had refused, “to come forward to do the necessary for the re-opening of their properties. Some of the properties owners have removed our seal and we are taking action on those that refuse to do the necessary things for their properties to be re-opened.”
She added that the state government would no longer tolerate people violating its town planning laws as such structures would be demolished before they killed people, adding that government was ready to prosecute defaulters.
Animashaun urged developers “to follow the laws and comply with the urban and regional planning laws. They should come for advice as we do not want them to jeopardize the lives of the people that will live in such houses.”
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