Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi
The Lagos State Building Control
Agency on Friday commenced the
demolition of defective buildings on
Lagos Island .
About 180 houses will be demolished ,
according to the General Manager of
LASBCA , Mr Lekan Shodeinde .
Shodeinde , who was represented by
the agency ’ s secretary , Mr Tayo
Fakolujo , during the demolition
exercise, said the buildings would be
destroyed in phases .
He added that 30 had already been
demolished on Lagos Island in the last
one year, while 150 had been marked
for demolition .
“ We are doing this so that no more
lives will be lost in Lagos, ” he said .
“ For others that are still occupied , we
are going to evict the occupants to
avoid disaster because their lives are
important to us.”
The agency ’s task force began with the
demolition of a three - storey building
at 60 A Freeman Street , Epetedo .
The demolition is coming on the heels
of Wednesday ’ s building collapse
incident on Massey Street , Ita Faaji,
Lagos Island , in which no fewer than
20 people were killed and others
injured.
The agency said the property owners
had been served several notices dating
back to 2013 .
Shodeinde said in the last three years
no new building had collapsed in
Lagos because the state government
had been carrying out material testing
on them .
He said , “ But for the old structures , we
are going to be doing foundation
analysis of about 70 per cent of
structures that are over 25 years old to
ensure that they are still structurally
sound .
“ There are still about three or four
buildings that are defective on Massey
Street and we are trying to remove
them but there is litigation and we
must avoid liability that might arise if
we remove forcefully without
clearance from the court .”
According to him, some will be
demolished mechanically and others
manually
because some of the
buildings have no space between them