Lagos Assembly urges agencies to address cases of building collapse

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Lagos State House of Assembly on Saturday asked relevant agencies in the building sector to brace up and stop the rising cases of building collapse in the state.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Setonji David, said the state would no longer tolerate violations of its rules and regulations on building construction.

The Speaker’s remark followed Thursday’s collapse of a three-storey building at Richard Abimbola Street, Ilasamaja, Lagos,  killing at least three people while 19 some construction workers were rescued alive.

At least 34 people were killed on March 9, 2016 after a five-storey building still under construction collapsed in Lekki District, Lagos.

The lawmaker, who frowned at negligence on the part of building owners and contractors, said: “It is very unfortunate that another building has collapsed in Lagos.

“It is painful that we have lost precious souls again due to the negligence and lack of expertise of contractors.

“Our officials at the state level must brace up to stem the trend.”

David urged house owners to obtain approval before embarking on their projects.

“Safety should be paramount in whatever we want to do, it is not safe to build without approval by the relevant authorities such as physical planning department,” he added.

The lawmaker urged the State Building Control Agency (LABSCA) to step up monitoring of buildings to ensure compliance with standards.

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