The Lagos State Government is set to demolish distressed structures following the spate of building collapses in Nigeria’s commercial capital.
Idris Salako, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, stated this on Monday in his office while giving updates on the building collapse prevention plans by the state government.
“The Administration of Mr.Babajide Sanwo-Olu is committed to ensuring the security of lives and property,” the commissioner was quoted as saying via a statement by the Deputy Director of Public Affairs, Mukaila Sanusi.
“This underlines our resolve to act promptly in addressing the spate of building collapse by removing inhabitable structures before they cause more havoc, especially during the rainy season when such buildings are more prone to collapse.”
Salako said that the focus of the exercise were structures already marked as distressed by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), particularly in Ebute-Metta East where an occupied building collapsed a week ago with many others vividly showing distress signs.
While the assessment of structures in the area and other parts of the State continued, the commissioner stated that it became pragmatic to promptly remove those earlier identified as being in a critically distressed state to avert disaster as the rains are here.
He reiterated that residents should maintain vigilance of the environment and report any untoward developments through the ministry or the state government communication channels, particularly the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Mobile App that is available for download both on Google Play and IoS.