Lagos Issues Seven-Day Ultimatum To Owners Of Distressed Buildings
Collapsed building. File image courtesy Guardian Nigeria

The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has given owners of distressed buildings in the state a seven-day ultimatum to demolish such structures.

According to the LASBCA, if the owners of the buildings do not do that, they would bear the risk and cost of their demolition by the agency.

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The ultimatum came from the General Manager of LASBCA Olalekan Shodeinde on Monday in Lagos.

“In [the] pursuit for zero tolerance for building collapse, the state government has given owners of distressed buildings seven days’ grace to demolish the buildings or bear the risk of their demolition by the agency,” Shodeinde told NAN.

“People have shown disregard for laws on building construction in the past, and the resultant effects are worrisome.

“Sustainable physical development requires the participation of all residents, whose interests are affected and cooperation necessary for successful implementation of laws and regulations.”

He added that “Many distressed buildings in the state are disasters waiting to happen, but the agency is committed to preventing them by pulling the buildings down to avoid collapse that could cause more damage.”