The General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Arc. Gbolahan Owodunni Oki, addressed the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Lagos Chapter during monthly meeting on 17th of January 2023. During his speech, Oki highlighted the various activities, challenges and achievements of the Agency under the current administration.
One of the major activities of the LASBCA is the enforcement of building codes and regulations in the state. This includes ensuring that all buildings are constructed in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations, as well as carrying out regular inspections to ensure that safety standards are met. The agency also works to prevent illegal and unauthorised construction, which can be a major safety hazard.
One of the biggest challenges faced by the LASBCA is the attitudinal problem amongst professionals, owners and developers in the built sector. Oki noted that buildings without the proper permits and approvals, and can pose a significant risk to public safety.
The agency is working to address this issue through increased enforcement and awareness campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of unauthorised construction.
In addition to these activities, the LASBCA also works to promote sustainable and responsible building practices in the state. By encouraging the use of quality building materials and techniques.
Despite these challenges, the agency has made significant progress in recent years. The number of building collapses in the state has decreased, and the agency has been able to remove a large number of illegal and unauthorised structures. The agency has also been able to improve the overall quality of construction in the state, which has led to safer and more sustainable buildings.
The LASBCA is also working to improve communication and collaboration with other stakeholders in the construction industry, including architects, engineers and contractors. This is aimed at fostering a more cohesive and efficient building process, which will ultimately lead to better quality buildings and improved safety for the public.
Overall, the LASBCA is playing a vital role in ensuring the safety and sustainability of the built environment in Lagos State. Through their enforcement efforts and promotion of responsible building practices, the agency is working to create a better and safer environment for all residents.
Despite the challenges faced, the agency continues to make progress and will continue to work towards a safer and more sustainable future for Lagos state.
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