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Business News of Monday, 15 August 2022


Lagos govt demolishes two buildings, warns residents

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The Lagos State Building Control Agency has warned Lagos residents seeking accommodation to be wary of distressed buildings, especially those already marked by the agency for demolition.

The General Manager of LASBCA, Gbolahan Oki, said the warning became necessary to avoid situations where residents who paid rents for such apartments would come seeking compensation from the government when the buildings were eventually pulled down.

Oki’s warning was conveyed by the agency’s Director of Enforcement, Mr. Olusoji Olaopa, during the demolition of two distressed structures located at 26, Bishop Street, Mushin, Lagos and along Agege Motor Road, both in Mushin Local Government Area of the state.

He decried the high rate of disregard for abatement notices and distressed markings on buildings in different parts of the state, expressing shock that another building at 28, Bishop Street, Mushin, earlier marked for demolition was still fully occupied despite its distressed look and vacation notice already served.

Oki said, “When a building is marked by LASBCA for whatever reason, it is wrong and illegal to continue to reside in such building without addressing the concerns raised by the agency.

“Lagosians must be vigilant in carrying out due diligence before making payment for accommodation in order to avoid paying for buildings already marked for demolition.”

“The situation whereby occupants of marked distressed structures start pleading for additional weeks and months after their buildings had been marked for demolition shows great disregard for law and safety. This will not be condoned by the state government.”

He warned owners of buildings marked by LASBCA to stop deceiving prospective tenants under the guise that their distressed structures were already undergoing renovation works when in an actual sense nothing substantial was being done.

He promised that the agency would not cease to prioritise the issue of safety of lives and property in every part of the State and assured Lagosians that LASBCA would continue to be alive to its duty of sanitising the entire metropolis from distressed and defective structures.

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