Lagos Begins Demolition of 57 Distressed Buildings

By Gbenga Salau, Kehinde Olatunji and Mary Abazuo

As part of efforts to stop building collapse, the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) yesterday began the demolition of 57 distressed structures across the state.

The LASBCA General Manager, Lekan Shodehinde said the demolition was the first phase of the exercise, which Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had approved.He explained that government had earlier notified the owners of the affected buildings, which had been declared distressed for a log period.

The GM stressed that government would not fold its arm and allow buildings to collapse indiscriminately across the metropolis.Officials of the LASBCA, escorted by armed policemen stormed the Island yesterday morning to begin the demolition of 34 affected buildings.