Lagos begins demolition of 114 distressed buildings
As a measure to stem cases of collapsed building in Lagos state, the government, yesterday, commenced demolition of 114 identified distressed buildings in the state.
Fifty-seven of the 114 buildings marked for demolition would be pulled down during first phase of the exercise.
Officials of Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, stormed Lagos Island, where at least 34 of the buildings were located, and commenced the demolition. Confirming the demolition exercise, General Manager, LASBCA, Lekan Shodehinde, disclosed that the distressed buildings on the Island were captured under the first phase of the exercise approved by the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. Shodehinde said the exercise was being carried out to stem tides of collapsed buildings in the State, saying that government would not fold its arms and allow buildings to collapse across the metropolis.
Shodehinde disclosed that the agency had identified 114 distressed buildings that needed to be demolished and that the others would be demolished during the second phase of the exercise. Shodehinde explained that once a distressed building had been demolished by the government, the owner would be given 90 days to pay the demolition cost, failure of which government would seize the land.