The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), yesterday disclosed that 102 out of about 500 distressed buildings will be demolished.
The agency further advised the tenants of the structures to all evacuate within the next seven days, following a notice that has been served.
The LASBCA General Manager, Ms Biola Kosegbe, in a press conference in Ikeja, said that the affected buildings had been published in the National dailies by the agency.
Kosegbe also said that the distressed structures would be removed by LASBCA, having served all the statutory enforcement notices in accordance with the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and development Law of 2010 and with no response from the respective owners/developers.
According to her, the public notice was the final warning from the agency to the owners of the structures, adding that the demolition costs would be covered by the owners, should they fail to vacate the structures.
She explained that the decision was taken after a thorough engineering appraisal and monitoring of the distressed buildings, by LASBCA.
She said that the Agency aimed at ensuring a better physical planning environment for sustainable development and averting needless loss of lives and properties.
She further lamented that some residents had shown disregard for the state laws on building construction in the past, which the resultant effects were worrisome.
Kosegbe also appealed to building owners and developers to desist from adding additional floors to old buildings, without carrying out a thorough engineering appraisal and integrity test, necessary to obtain necessary permits from the relevant authorities.Follow us on social media