Officials from the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) have launched a crucial initiative aimed at removing distressed structures in various areas across the state.
This undertaking is part of a broader effort to combat building collapses, prevent property losses, and, most importantly, safeguard lives.
Identifying the Affected Structures
The distressed structures that are now under scrutiny encompass three and four-flat units in Oke-Arin and Doherty Streets on Lagos Island, as well as four-floor single-unit residential buildings in Idi Araba and other areas of the state.
These buildings have been identified as posing potential risks to residents.
The Agency’s Mandate and Purpose
Arc. Gbolahan Oki, the General Manager of LASBCA, asserts that this exercise aligns with the agency’s routine mandate.
Its core objective is to minimize the incidence of building collapses and prevent avoidable loss of life among Lagos residents.
This initiative represents a proactive approach to safety and disaster prevention.
Prior Warnings and Evacuation
Arc. Oki, represented by Mr. Olusoji Olaopa, the Director of Enforcement, LASBCA, highlights that the agency had previously designated these structures as unfit for habitation.
Occupants were duly notified of the risks and expected to vacate the premises in the interest of their own safety and that of the surrounding community.
The Necessity of Evacuation and Partial Demolition
The evacuation and partial demolition carried out by LASBCA became imperative to compel occupants to relocate to safer accommodations.
This action serves as a last resort before the buildings face final demolition. The agency is resolute in ensuring the safety of all Lagosians.
Transparency and Legal Compliance
Arc. Oki emphasizes that the identification of distressed buildings stems from comprehensive inspection and monitoring exercises conducted by relevant Supervising Directors across the state’s districts.
He reassures the public that this process strictly adheres to existing laws and regulations and is not a witch-hunt against any individual or entity.
Government’s Commitment to Safety
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration places paramount importance on the preservation of lives and property.
This initiative underscores the need for residents to prioritize their own safety and not solely rely on government interventions.
Continued Vigilance and Vision
Arc. Oki reiterates the agency’s unwavering commitment to its vision of ensuring that all buildings throughout the state are fit for habitation and pose no risk to neighboring structures.
Safety remains at the forefront of their mission.
Mr. Rabiu Jamiu, a resident of one of the affected buildings in Oke-Arin, confirms that LASBCA had previously issued an evacuation notice and advised landlords to conduct structural integrity tests.
Despite the inconvenience, he acknowledges the government’s actions as essential for the collective safety of the community.
Enforcement of Regulations
In addition to the residential properties, LASBCA officials have also taken action against a warehouse under construction in Mushin, citing a lack of necessary approvals.
Similarly, a building under renovation along Palm Avenue in Mushin is under scrutiny for contravening approval processes, reinforcing the agency’s commitment to enforcing building regulations.
The LASBCA’s initiative to remove distressed structures is a proactive step towards ensuring the safety of Lagos residents.
This comprehensive approach involves legal compliance, prior warnings, and the enforcement of regulations, all aimed at preventing building collapses and preserving lives and property.Read More On The Topic On TDPel Media