Over 1,000 buildings in Lagos Island unfit for human habitation – Awobodu

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The national president of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild, BCPG, Kunle Awobodu, has said that over 1,000 buildings in Lagos Island are unfit for human habitation, NAN reports.
His assertion followed the building that collapsed in the Ita-Faaji area of Lagos Island.

He said his group had notified the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, of the need to demolish them.

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“There are over 1,000 distressed other buildings of this nature in Lagos, which, if nothing is done to demolish them, they will still collapse, resulting to more calamities in the state,” he said.

“The collapsed building had been marked for demolition about three times, but the building regulatory agency has not demolished it.

“We are moving round the circle and this has to stop. Let the building control agency take the bull by the horn, by ensuring that all distressed buildings in the state are identified and demolished.

“Let the state government look for preventive measures, rather than spending money for evacuation, investigation and remediation after the calamities and damages have occurred.”

He said further that all the agencies responsible for monitoring buildings should be more proactive rather than wait till buildings collapse and called on architects, building engineers, bricklayers and the end-users to live up to the expectations by complying with the construction rules and regulations guiding the industry.

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