Officials from the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) have initiated the evacuation of occupants from eight marked distressed buildings in the Oyingbo and Lagos Island areas of the state. This action is part of their ongoing efforts to prevent building collapses that could lead to loss of lives and properties.
The affected buildings consist of units of three and four flats located in Oke-Arin and Doherty Streets on Lagos Island, as well as a four-story residential building in the Idi-Araba area of the state.
Arc. Gbolahan Oki, the General Manager of LASBCA, explained that this evacuation is a routine mandate of the agency aimed at minimizing the incidence of building collapses and safeguarding the lives of residents. The agency has been inspecting and monitoring these distressed structures, and evacuation serves as the final step before demolition.
Oki further elaborated that the evacuation and partial demolition are necessary measures to compel the occupants of these distressed buildings to relocate to safer accommodations.
One resident from the affected buildings in Oke-Arin, Mr. Rabiu Jamiu, confirmed that LASBCA officials had previously served an evacuation notice to the building’s occupants. The landlords were also advised to conduct structural integrity tests on the buildings to ensure their safety.
Despite the difficulties of moving without a clear alternative, Jamiu acknowledged that the government’s action was taken to ensure the safety of residents. He shared that his family was in the process of packing their belongings, and although the situation was challenging, it was ultimately for their well-being.