Following the death of two sisters when a two-storey building collapsed at Jakande Estate, Oke-Afa, near Isolo on Wednesday, the Lagos State Government has marked more than 20 houses for demolition.
As at yesterday, officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LSBCA, were already marking the defective buildings in the estate for demolition.
Two sisters, Bukky and Toyin Coker, were killed and their mother, Mrs. Coker, seriously injured when their house in the estate collapsed at midnight.
Officials of LSBCA claimed that most of the buildings at the estate were defective and the residents warned to move away from the danger zone but they failed to heed the warning.
Speaking with newsme, a resident of the estate, Mrs. Joy Oduah noted that the contractors who handled the buildings did a poor job.
The marking of the houses for demolition expectedly, has thrown landlords and tenants in the estate into panic.
Some of the residents said not all the buildings marked for demolition were defective, adding that some of them were marked in order to extort money from the landlords.
It was learnt that most of the houses in the estate were let out by the landlords who live elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Mr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), said that occupants of a two-storey building that collapsed in Lagos on Wednesday had ignored government’s safety warnings.
The building, Block M20, Jakande Estate, at Church Street, Oke-Afa, Isolo, Lagos, collapsed shortly after midnight, killing two sisters.
Oke-Osanyintolu, who made the disclosure in an interview with NAN in Lagos, said that the state government had conducted series of structural tests on the building. He explained that occupants had been repeatedly informed of its distressed state and the dangers in their continued habitation of the building.
“This is the kind of disasters we have always tried to avoid, but unfortunately, some residents are not just co-operating with the state government at the expense of their safety.
“The results of the series of structural tests we conducted on the collapsed building showed that the structure was weak and not fit for habitation.
“We had repeatedly warned the occupants of the dangers and asked them to leave but unfortunately, they ignored these warnings.
“This disaster is preventable. It would not have happened this way if the occupants had complied,” he said.
Oke-Osanyintolu said some of the buildings that collapsed in the metropolis were due to residents’ defiance to government safety warnings. He urged residents to subject their buildings to routine structural tests by government to ascertain their state of habitation.
“We cannot open our eyes and allow all of these to go on. Henceforth, we will begin strict enforcement of evacuation order on distressed buildings.
“We are not going to wait for occupants to leave because some will not just leave. We are concerned with the safety of lives and properties,” he said.
The General Manager also said emergency response officials had been mobilised to the site of the incident to ensure safe evacuation of all occupants.
Oke-Osanyintolu said that building would be demolished to avert further disasters.