This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Collapsed Building - Lagos Seals 429, Stops Construction of 838 Others

The Lagos State Government Monday revealed that it had ordered the closure of no fewer than 429 buildings in different parts of the state due to what he ascribed to the rising spate of collapsed buildings.

The state government also disclosed that it had directed construction of more than 838 buildings be put to a halt to due to what it considered threat to life and property if such work was allowed to continue.

The state's Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeola Ipaye, gave the figure at the commemoration of Governor Babatunde Fashola's 2,400 days in office, which was marked in the three senatorial districts of the state yesterday.

At the commemoration, Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, represented the governor at the Lagos East while his Works and Infrastructure counterpart, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, stood in for at Lagos Central.

The attorney-general, who addressed a wide range of residents of Lagos West senatorial district in Agege, said 429 buildings were sealed while eight illegal structures were demolished within the period of one year.

According to Ipaye, more than 838 buildings were marked for stop work and five collapsed buildings were recorded as a result of fire incidents while one collapsed due to the use of sub-standard materials.

He said 110 buildings "were listed for prosecution through the Lagos State Building Control Agency for various offences including building insurance/general contractor. 49 were decided and 45 are still pending. Also 16 sealing orders were granted by the special offences court, Alausa.

"During the period under review, 622 applications for building approvals were received. Out of which 490 were approved for residential, 58 for commercial, 7 institutional, 18 for renovation and 46 for demolition permit."

At Lagos Central, Hamzat revealed that the state government would commence allocation of 5,000 housing units, noting that the price for housing units in Ikorodu "will differ from units built in Ikoyi and Ajah environs."

He added that the state government "has not really fixed a definite price for it. Some are about N1.5 million and some are N3 million. The houses have provision for those who want just one room and parlour, two bedrooms and three bedrooms."

Giving more insight into the housing scheme, Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Bosun Jeje, said over 5000 housing units "have been completed so far and would be available to the public in the pilot scheme."

Jeje said the state government "is currently embarking on constructing more housing units across the state to address the challenge of affordable housing in the state. The governor has recently approved the construction of 1,259 units in Ilubirin area, Lagos Island local Government Area.

"We have another estate coming up at Ibeshe in Ikorodu area. The number of housing units is not limited. We have many other coming up every day. I can assure you the housing units are affordable and are built for the masses. That is why we have put machinery in place to ensure that only first time buyers have access to the units and there is a payment plan stretching between 10 to 20 years after the first down payment of 30 percent of the total cost," the commissioner said.

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