Gabriel Enenche —
In a bid to forestall an imminent collapse, the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has demolished a 4 floor highly distressed and defective building at 70/72 Martins Street, Lagos Island Local Government Area of the State.
Arc.Gbolahan Oki, the General Manager of the agency, speaking at the site of the demolition, said that the building had to be pulled down after an engineering appraisal confirmed that it was weak and no longer fit for habitation.
He also said that if left unchecked, it would lead to a collapse and possible loss of lives and properties in the area.
Prior to the demolition he said, occupants were already served appropriate notices and given enough time to vacate. ‘They refused instead, continued to occupy the building, disregarding the dangers it posed even to other residents of the area’, he said.
He further added that residents of another building which had earlier been captured as distressed during routine checks by the officials of the agency were also evacuated, pending the results of a Non Distructive Test (NDT) to ascertain the stability of the building.
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