Nigeria: Lagos govt begins demolition of distress buildings
London, Dec. 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Lagos state government, Nigeria’s former seat of power has begun the demolition of distressed buildings in some parts of the state in bid to put an end to waste of lives through rampart incidence of building collapse
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during the demolition of distressed buildings in Lagos Island with three-storey building located at Bamigbose street. in Lagos on Saturday.
According to him, the three-storey building located at 54 Bamgbose Street is in a state of distress with visible crackings on different parts of the house.
Oke-Osanyintolu said that another distressed building on the same street was also brought down to ground zero on Dec. 11.
He said that the owners had already removed the roof of the second building located at 52 Bamgbose Street to persuade tenants to vacate the property.
Oke-Osanyintolu said before the agency carried out the demolition, the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), the Material Testing Agency and Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning had made their recommendations to the government.
”The Ministry’s recommendations are necessary to carry out stress tests to ascertain the integrity of the building.
”After thorough investigations, the ministry agreed that the houses should be taken to ground zero.
”Consequently, the residents of the building were advised to vacate the premises within five days for their safety,” he said.