Building Collapse: Lagos will restore the state masterplan -Sanwo-Olu

Following the constant building collapses in Lagos State as a result of poor craftsmanship and indiscriminate construction activity, the state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced that the state government will restore the state masterplan.

According to him, the government is preparing to reposition its masterplan in order to prevent unregulated development activities.

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The governor made the remark yesterday at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium in Alausa, Ikeja, during the introduction of the state’s rebranded Certificate of Completion and Fitness for Habitation.

“Today’s event testifies to our desire to address building collapses by ensuring that due protocols are followed in physical development activities so that we may have a safer environment free of preventable loss of lives and property,” Sanwo-Olu added.

“Over the years, the realization of the enormous financial and emotional losses and pains that come with building collapse, as well as the sometimes tragic loss of loved ones, has necessitated the development of a more holistic and all-encompassing approach or strategy to avert this unfortunate occurrence of building collapse.”

“The introduction of this certificate of completion and fitness for habitation is one of the most recent initiatives aimed at reducing the number of building collapses. This is a game-changer in building control techniques because it depicts the government as foresighted and concerned about the protection of citizens’ lives and property.

“While I applaud LASBCA for initiating this concept, I must also commend the agency’s leadership, particularly Gbolahan Oki and his predecessor in office, Kosegbe, for this and other significant steps taken to reposition the agency for effective service delivery to Lagosians in accordance with LASBCA’s mandates.”

“The result of the LASBCA’s recent work is something that everyone can witness. Despite the severity of the rains this year, and in contrast to previous years, the rate of building collapse has been extremely low.”

“This development is partly as a result of the agency’s continuous monitoring exercise to ensure standardisation in building construction as well as the establishment of more district offices, which have helped widened the scope and coverage of the agency’s activities even to the hinterlands,” he added.

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“As commendable as this rebranded certificate of fitness initiative is, its viability is largely dependent on public acceptance, and this will speak volumes about our willingness to work with the government to bring about desired changes in our environment, as well as embrace ideas that would further ensure our safety and protection.”

“The state government intends to ensure that building construction works are closely monitored by officials of the agency, which include builders, architects, structural, civil, mechanical, and electrical engineers, from foundation laying to external works and fittings until the building is completed.”

“More than ever before, we’ve recognized building code compliance as a key issue that has to be addressed immediately.”

“I am elated to inform you that the ministry is not resting on its oars in the bid to further improve the building construction industry, especially as it relates to the maintenance of the Building Quality Control Index,” said state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, in his keynote address. I’d also like to call attention to regulations implemented by the state government, such as zero tolerance rules for unlawful structures, building collapse, and the development of the Green Belt, among other things.”

Gbolahan Oki, the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), stated on his own that “we would have been able to enroll at least 40% of property owners under the new program to receive the rebranding certificate within the next two years.”

“I thus enjoin all building owners and developers in the state to receive the agency’s rebranding certificate, as this will ensure that quackery is kept to a minimal.”

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“The basic purpose of LASBCA, which is to remedy irregularities in the building construction industry, requires that we act in the public interest without fear or favor at all times, to prevent senseless loss of human lives and, in many cases, to save valuable assets.

“As a result, many of the current practices, such as abandoned buildings, distressed, haphazard, non-conforming, and structurally deficient constructions, will no longer be environmentally or economically feasible.”

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