Lagos warns owners of distressed buildings to act or risk removal

The Lagos State Government has warned owners/developers of all identified distressed buildings marked across the State to act as directed or face the consequences of disobeying the law.

The General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Engr. Abiola Kosegbe, who gave the warning over the weekend, noted with disdain how several buildings had collapsed in recent times due to faulty foundation design, whilst others collapsed as a result of the use of substandard building materials.

Engr. Kosegbe hinted that the details of some of the identified distressed buildings which the Agency had hitherto captured will soon be published in national newspapers.

She also mentioned the need for the public to build right by ensuring that soil tests are carried out on all sites before construction commences, stressing that this will enable Engineers to design the right foundation which is the bedrock of all buildings.

While declaring that the present administration will leave no stone unturned in its bid to achieve zero-tolerance to building collapse in the State, the General Manager appealed to Lagosians to cooperate with the State Government by moving out of all buildings marked as distressed in order to save lives and property.

She, however, reiterated the fact that only the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has the mandate to identify and remove any distressed building and enjoined owners to provide a complete structural stability report within the specified period.

Kosegbe decried the recent spate of building collapse across the State and emphasised that the Agency is passionately committed to ensuring that no more lives are lost to collapsed buildings in Lagos.

She, therefore, urged Lagosians to continue to support the Agency by providing necessary information on any identified distressed buildings or other building infractions by sending texts and/or WhatsApp messages to 07000527222 or 07005050404.

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