The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has commenced the evacuation of occupants of eight marked distressed structures in the Oyingbo and Lagos Island areas of the state to prevent imminent collapse and loss of lives.
The affected buildings are units of three and four flats in Oke-Arin and Doherty Streets of Lagos Island and another four floors of a one-unit residential building in Idi-Araba areas of the state, respectively.
The General Manager, LASBCA, Arc. Gbolahan Oki, said that the exercise was part of the agency’s routine mandates to bring to a minimum the incidence of building collapse and the avoidable deaths of residents.
He said that the agency had earlier served the occupants with quit notices and abatement notices to vacate the buildings as they were no longer safe for habitation.
He added that the agency would continue to monitor and identify other distressed buildings across the state and take necessary actions to ensure the safety of lives and properties.
Some of the occupants of the affected buildings said that they were aware of the danger posed by the buildings and appreciated the government’s intervention, despite not having alternative accommodations.
One of them, Mrs. Aisha Yusuf, who lived in a four-story building in Idi-Araba, said that she had been living in fear for a long time as the building was always shaking and cracking.
She said that she had no choice but to stay there as she could not afford to rent another apartment in Lagos.
She appealed to the government to provide them with temporary shelter and assistance to relocate to safer places.
Another occupant, Mr. Segun Adeyemi, who lived in a three-storey building in Oke-Arin, said that he had been living there for over 10 years and had witnessed several cases of building collapse in the area.
He said that he was grateful to the government for saving their lives and urged them to demolish the buildings as soon as possible to avoid further risk.
He also called on the government to regulate the activities of developers and contractors who build substandard structures without following due process.