Written by on November 20, 2023

Lagos government has started the demolition of distressed buildings in Oyingbo, Ebute-Metta area of the state.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development Oluyinka Olumide who led the demolition exercise on Saturday, said occupants of the affected buildings were served notices but refused to vacate them.

He said government was compelled to resort to the demolition of the structures to protect lives as most of the buildings failed the structural integrity test.

Olumide stressed that the administration of governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu would continue to cherish the lives of residents of the state, regardless of their tribe or religion.

The commissioner enjoined owners of distressed buildings to take the initiative of pulling down the structures and not to wait for the government to do so as it would confiscate any land where it removed distressed structures.

The General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) Arc. Gbolahan Oki added that the demolition of distressed structures in the area had become a necessity, considering the danger that the buildings posed to other adjoining structures and the lives of residents.

Oki appealed to Lagosians to feel free to always inform the government about distressed buildings and other physical planning infractions noticed within their neighbourhoods.

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