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Massive demolition of distressed buildings begins in Lagos

LAGOS State Government says it plans are underway to commence massive demolition of some distressed buildings across the state.

This is to prevent further destruction of lives and properties occasioned by building collapse.

Earlier, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA), has marked some defective buildings for demolition in the state.

The exercise is scheduled to last for a week in the first instance.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, disclosed that the focus of the exercise would be on structures already marked as distressed by LASBCA, particularly in Ebute-Metta East and many others vividly showing signs of distress.

The commissioner, who did not mention the actual number of defective buildings marked for demolition, added that “while the assessment of structures in the area and other parts of the state continued, it became pragmatic to promptly remove those earlier identified as being in critical distressed state to avert disaster as the rains are here.”

It will be recalled that ten people were confirmed dead while 24 others were rescued after a three-storey building caved in at Ibadan Street, Ebute-Meta, Lagos last Monday while a two-storey building collapsed at Ago-Palace Way, near Okota.

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