Lagos State Government has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the owners and occupants of defective buildings in different parts of the state to vacate their residences, citing structural failure.
This is contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, asking the occupants of the defective buildings to quit in the next seven days.
The statement, among others, specifically cited two buildings located at Oyingbo, Mainland Local Government Area, which it said, had suffered structural failure and might collapse anytime.
It said a contravention and quit notice had already been served by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABCA) on the owners of the defective buildings situated at No. 27 and 31 Oloto Street, Ebute- Metta, due to structural defects, which may lead to collapse.
It added that the Technical Services Department (TSD) of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development had conducted an on-the-spot assessment of the defective buildings
It explained that the physical structures of the buildings “are already failing. Also, the entire structures had become dilapidated. The buildings are thus unfit for human habitation.
“It was also established and confirmed that the technical structure engineering tests that were carried out on the defective buildings attested to the fact that they might likely collapse any moment, if urgent measures were not taking by concerned authorities.
“In order to avoid human causality, the state government has issued contravention and quit notices to all the occupants of all the affected buildings and invited their owners to report at the Technical Services Department (TSD) so that precautionary and timely measures could be taken to avert collapse
“Before the quit notice, the buildings had been marked by officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABCA) in a bid to save innocent lives and properties and had also directed the owners of the buildings to take necessary corrective measures towards rehabilitation of the buildings.”
According to the statement, the owners of the buildings refused to take any positive action to redeem the buildings from further deterioration.
The statement, also, cited another defective building located at Muritala Muhammed Way, which he said, was marked for contravention of physical planning development laws and arbitrary conversion of building into shopping complex and the extension of the staircase to the obstruction of right of the way.
It said the staircase was illegally “extended beyond the walk way. The government had since directed that the staircase to be removed and the owners to present the structural development approvals.”