Building collapse has become a significant issue in Lagos State, Nigeria, resulting in the loss of lives, injuries, and property damage. The Lagos State Government is taking steps to tackle this problem with its “Operation Zero Building Collapse” campaign.
Recently, the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) marked 349 buildings for potential demolition due to various signs of distress. The government has published the list of the buildings in national dailies, urging the owners/developers to conduct Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) on the structures to ascertain their structural stability.
The General Manager of LASBCA, Arc. Gbolahan Owodunni Oki, stated that all statutory enforcement notices have been duly served to the owners/developers of the distressed buildings to carry out NDT, but there has been no positive response. Therefore, the agency published the list of the buildings, giving the owners/developers a final notice to conduct NDT on the structures.
The LASBCA campaign aims to enforce strict compliance with building codes and regulations to prevent building collapse and ensure the safety of the citizens. Building collapse is a serious issue in Lagos State, and the government is committed to ensuring that all buildings in the state comply with the regulations.
The government has been working tirelessly to address the issue of building collapse in the state. From 2019 to 2022, the Lagos State Government demolished over 100 distressed buildings to prevent further loss of lives and property damage. The government also established the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) to enforce building codes and regulations, monitor building construction activities, and ensure compliance.
The LASBCA is responsible for inspecting buildings, issuing authorization to commence construction, and enforcing the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law. The agency has the power to seal or demolish any building that poses a threat to the safety of the citizens.
The “Operation Zero Building Collapse” campaign is a step in the right direction towards ensuring that buildings in Lagos State are safe for habitation. It is a wake-up call for all stakeholders in the building industry to prioritize safety and comply with building codes and regulations. Building owners/developers must conduct regular maintenance checks on their buildings to prevent structural failures that could lead to collapse.
The “Operation Zero Building Collapse” campaign is a significant move by the Lagos State Government to address the issue of building collapse in the state. The campaign is a reminder to all building owners/developers of the need to prioritize safety and comply with building codes and regulations.
The government must continue to enforce the regulations and punish defaulters appropriately. Building owners/developers must also take responsibility for the safety of their buildings and conduct regular maintenance checks to prevent structural failures that could lead to collapse. With everyone working together, Lagos State can achieve zero building collapse and ensure the safety of its citizens.
See list of distressed buildings with address below;