The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has demolished over fifteen buildings across the State as part of efforts to achieve the vision of zero tolerance for building collapse and haphazard development in the State.
LASBC General Manager, Mr. Gbolahan Oki, made this known on Saturday during the removal of a distressed two floors structure at Simbi Street, Shogunle, Oshodi, Lagos.
The distressed buildings were demolished within a week.
Oki said that the affected structures were identified either as distressed, buildings built on drainage channels or on canal setback by the Agency early in the year.
He noted that all efforts by the Agency to prevail on the recalcitrant owners of the affected buildings to tow the line of due processes and best practices in consonance with Lagos State Building Control Regulations proved abortive.
Oki said that some of the demolished highly distressed structures were located at Ogunbule Street (Bariga), Fadahunsi Street (Ijeshatedo), Adedoyin Olushola Street (Gbagada,) Ailegun Street (Ejigbo), Augustine Anozie Street (Lekki), Breadfruit Street (Lagos).
The General Manager emphasised that the decision to demolish was taken after a thorough engineering appraisal and monitoring carried out by the Agency.
Oki added that the demolition is a signal to any would be recalcitrant developer who circumvent government rules and regulations as provided by regulatory provision that such structures would be removed and the cost of removal will be borne by the owner.
The General Manager regretted that people have shown disregard for the state laws on building construction in the past, which the resultant effect are worrisome.
He appealed to building owners and developers to desist from starting a building project without obtaining a Building Planning Approval.