Government seals building after it collapses in Lagos
Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency have sealed a building under construction that collapsed on 45, Ladipo Oluwo Street in the GRA Apapa area of the state.
The latest building collapse in Lagos comes barely 72 hours after a seven-story building collapsed in the Banana Island area of the state.
The collapse of the building in Apapa was due to a thunder strike orchestrated by heavy rains early today.
A Volunteer with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp in Ajeromi Ifelodun LCDA, Asimiyu Tiamiyu who was among the early callers at the scene said no casualty was recorded in the incident.
According to him, all the workers at the site of the collapsed building had embarked on a Sallah break, the reason why no one was involved in the incident.
He noted that the state government must beam a searchlight on the recurring incident of collapsed buildings which had claimed many lives and property worth billions of Naira destroyed.
The Lagos State Government Sunday said that the construction company ignored the stop work and seal-up orders of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA and continued construction behind the scenes.
The collapse incident, which was flagged on the Physical Planning incident management platform on Sunday evening, triggered immediate preliminary inquiries that showed that officers of the States Building Control Agency had issued a number of contravention notices, stop work and seal up orders which the developer ignored and carried on construction without any recourse, whatsoever, to the authorities.
There has been no report of any casualty, and the site has been cordoned off and taken over by LASBCA.
This incident, like similar others, reinforces the government’s repeated calls for responsible behaviour on the part of all stakeholders in the built environment.
Lagos State Government has immediately activated inquiries into the collapse to unravel the minute details and guide appropriate actions.
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