Lagos state government says it will begin to demolish damaged buildings in Ebute meta and other areas in lagos to prevent building collapse and safe guard lives and properties.
Dr Idris Salako, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, said only identified defective buildings in the state would be taken down starting from Monday.
The commissioner said the exercise would focus on “structures already marked as damaged by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), particularly in Ebute-Meta East where an occupied building collapsed a week ago with many others vividly showing distress signs”.
Salako said, ” it became pragmatic to promptly demolish structures to avert disaster during the rainy season.
The commissioner said that this would be done while the reviewal of structures in the area and other parts of the state continued.
“The administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu is committed to ensuring the security of lives and property.
“This underlies our resolve to act promptly in addressing the spate of building collapse by removing uninhabitable structures before they cause more havoc, especially during the rainy season when such buildings are more prone to collapse”, he said.
The commissioner urged residents to be extra watchful and report anomalies through the state government’s communication channels.
He asked them to do so particularly through the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Mobile App available on Google Play and IoS.