Distressed Building: Lagos State Building Control Agency Issues 7-Days Quit Notice To Occupants

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The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has issued a seven-day quit notice to the owner and occupants of a dilapidated structure used for both commercial and residential purpose at 2, Brown Street, off Bolade Bus-Stop, Oshodi, after several quit and removal notices had been served to the building without compliance.

The General Manager of LASBCA, Arc. Gbolahan Oki, in a statement issued by the Agency, said that the quit notice became necessary based on a thorough Structural Integrity/Stability Test (SIT) carried out on the building by a team of LASBCA experts and its sister Agency, Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory.

According to him, the report of the SIT indicated that the building is gravely distressed and a disaster waiting to happen, hence, the need for urgent removal of the structure to prevent loss of lives and property.

Oki advised the traders/residents of the structure to vacate the building for their own good before Thursday, 15th April 2021, to allow the Agency remove the building, stressing that the State government has zero tolerance for building collapse in order to ensure the safety of all residents in Lagos.

He maintained that the government will not fold its arms and watch a highly distressed structure of that magnitude collapse, thereby endangering the lives of the occupants and residents in the area without taking necessary action, reiterating that the State government is committed to protecting the lives and property of its citizens.

The General Manager further enjoined the people to support the government by reporting any distressed and non-conforming building in their vicinity to any LASBCA district office nearest to them, as this will help reduce the rate of building collapse to the barest minimum in the State.

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