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LASBCA demolishes distressed structure, urges house-owners to obtain building permit

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The Lagos State Government has urged residents planning to commence building construction to adhere to the building rules of the state, which includes obtaining necessary permits and authorization for the property from start to finish.

Gbolahan Oki, the General Manager, of Lagos State Building Control Agency, maintained that failure to adhere to the rules would lead to the sealing of the site, outright removal, arrest and prosecution as prescribed by the law.

In a statement issued by the state, Oki said this after officials of LASBCA arrested one Mr Francis Umeh, for illegal dredging activities.

The statement read in part: “In a separate development, LASBCA has averted an imminent building collapse by embarking on manual removal of a critically distressed building at 13, Rasaki Bello Street, off Alhaji Lawal Street, Ketu.

“The LASBCA General Manager stated that the agency had earlier identified and listed the building amongst the 349 distressed structures published by the agency.

“He stated that the building is structurally unstable and dangerous for human habitation, hence the need to quickly evacuate the residents and begin the demolition process.

“Speaking further, Oki said the weak state of the building prompted the officials of the agency to opt for manual demolition.”

The general manager further urged owners of buildings exhibiting signs of distress to carry out necessary tests in other to check the structural stability of the properties.

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