The Lagos State Government initiated the demolition of unstable structures in the Ebute-Metta area over the weekend, marking a crucial step in ensuring public safety.
Dr. Oluyinka Olumide, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, spearheaded the demolition alongside Arc. Gbolahan Oki, the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).
Olumide emphasised that these buildings, primarily located on Oloto and Freeman Streets, had been issued notices, and some were required to undergo structural evaluations to verify their stability.
“The government’s obligation is to safeguard lives. We cannot afford to wait for buildings to collapse and endanger lives,” said Olumide, stressing the imperative nature of the action.
He highlighted the commitment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration to prioritise the safety of all Lagos residents, irrespective of their background, emphasising that every life holds immense value.
Expressing concern, Olumide lamented the reluctance of occupants to vacate the premises despite prior warnings, urging them to prioritise life over property.
He urged building owners to take the initiative to dismantle unsafe structures themselves, warning of government seizure of land if structures were not addressed.
Arc. Gbolahan Oki from LASBCA echoed the urgency, citing the peril these buildings posed not only to neighbouring structures but also to the lives of area residents.
“We cannot permit negligence to persist, endangering innocent lives due to the apathy of a few individuals,” emphasised Oki, urging citizens to report similar irregularities in their localities.
Hon. Jubril Emilagba, Vice-Chairman of Lagos Mainland Local Government, acknowledged the government’s proactive stance in curbing building collapses across the state during his visit to the site.