The Lagos State Government has kicked off the demolition of 57 identified distressed buildings in the state. The state Government said the 57 buildings will be pulled down in the first phase of the demolition exercise, though the time frame was not stated.
Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, on Wednesday at about 10am stormed Lagos Island, where more than 34 buildings of the 57 were sited to commence the demolition.
LASBCA General Manager, Lekan Shodehinde, who confirmed the exercise, said the distressed buildings on the Island were captured under the first phase of the exercise, as approved by the Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
“The buildings had been distressed overtime and the state government had served owners of the structures notices. The exercise was approved by the State Governor, in order to stem the tides of collapsed buildings in the State. The government would not fold its arm and allow buildings to collapse indiscriminately across the metropolis”.
He also said that the agency has identified 57 more distressed buildings that needed to be demolished across the metropolis, but the demolition would be carried out in the second phase of the exercise.