TO AVERT the unforseen, Lagos State government has begun the demolition of the remaining part of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, located in Mushin area of Lagos, which collapsed on Friday.
The demolition is being handled by the Lagos State Building Control Agency LASBCA, which is currently at the scene.
The worshippers may be stranded tomorrow, being Sunday service.
Recall that the building under construction, located opposite 17, Cardoso Street, off Martin street, Mushin, had given way at about 6.30p.m. on Friday.
The demolition exercise began at about 5p.m. under the supervision of LASBCA General Manager, Engineer Gbolahan Oki, to avert any secondary incident in the area.
The officials stormed the scene after the building collapsed, but waited till the following day to commence the demolition exercise.
Though no casualty was recorded, Vanguard gathered that the church contravened the approval granted to them by the Lagos State Government.
Engineer Oki, who addressed the church leadership at the scene, made them understand the gravity of their offence and that the demolition was in their interest.
According to him, the government does not deny anyone access to build but to avert faulty structures in Lagos.
He said: “We are here to remove the structure and ensure there are no casualties as a result of failed section of the structure.
“We are here to ensure that any building that would be erected across Lagos is well constructed and habitable for everyone irrespective of their status in the state.”
The LASBCA boss urged Lagosians to engage the services of experts while erecting structures to avert building collapse.
He cited that the state government has sets up different agencies that would assist anyone willing to erect structures in the state.
As at 9p.m., the bulldozer was still at the scene.
Before the demolition exercise, the church had started moving it’s belonging from the site.
It was gathered that the church started few years back but decided to upgrade the structure before the collapse was recorded on Friday.
However, a source in the church said the leaders will comply with government directives.