The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has demolished a four -storey building at No. 21, Ayoola Lawal Street, Ilaje Odo-Eran, Bariga area of Lagos, which partially collapsed last week.
According to the agency’s General Manager, Gbolahan Oki, in a statement, the demolition is part of the present administration’s commitment to zero tolerance as regards to distressed buildings in the state.
Oki in the statement further explained that the structure was marked for further engineering probing in 2019 by a team of LASBCA officials, but the owner turned deaf ears to all advice given by the agency to salvage the structure.
He added that refusal of the owner to subject the building to Non- Destructive Structural Integrity Test to ascertain the level of its structural stability was a major cause of the partial collapse.
Speaking further, Oki said that the agency’s team of experts after a thorough appraisal of the structure discovered that the building is old, weak and all the structural member of the building can no longer sustain the weight of the building, hence the need for total removal to avert impending danger in the area.
The General Manager noted that the exercise is a wakeup call to recalcitrant developer/owner who violates the State Control building rules and regulations maintaining that the agency will not hesitate to remove such structures.