Following the collapse of a five storey building a under construction at Lekki Gardens, Ikusenla Road, Ikate Elegushi, in Eti- Osa Local Government, the Lagos State government has told the occupiers of all buildings erected by Messrs Lekki Worldwide Estate, the owners of Lekki Gardens, to vacate the properties in order for government to commence investigations.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowose on Tuesday, announced that integrity tests would be carried out on all structures erected by the Messrs Lekki Worldwide Estate.
“In the best interest of the occupiers of the other structures, their lives are very important to us as a government and we are appealing to them to vacate the building immediately until investigations are carried out,” the commissioner said.
“The gentleman behind Lekki Gardens got approval for ground, first, second and third floors, but after doing the roofing, he removed it and added additional two floors which caused the building to collapse,” Mr. Anifowose said during an inspection of the collapsed building.
“So, we have to carry out integrity test on the other structures and the cost implication for present occupiers of the other structures to vacate the buildings would be borne by the developer.”
Last Monday, Lagos State Government, fired three senior officers of the state’s Building Control Agency, a week after a five-storey building under construction by Lekki Gardens collapsed, claiming 34 lives.
Those that were axed are the General Manager of the state Building Control Agency, LASBCA, Engr. Adeigbe Olushola, the Head of Inspection and Quality Control in the Agency, Adeoye Thomas Adeyemi, the Zonal District Officer in the Agency, Dosunmu Gbadebo, while the Zonal Head of Eti-Osa West of the Agency, Mrs. Akinde Adenike Sherifat was compulsorily retired from the Civil Service.