The Lagos State Government said on Monday that it would demolish troubled buildings in Ebute Meta and other parts of the state for a week.
The drill was designed to avert building collapse and protect people and property, according to the statement.
Mr Mukaila Sanusi, spokesman for the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, made the comment.
According to Sanusi, the ministry’s commissioner, Dr. Idris Salako, offered the suggestion in his Alausa office while presenting updates on the government’s plans to avoid building collapse.
He reported the commissioner as saying that only the state’s designated problematic structures will be demolished.
“Structures previously listed as distressed by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), particularly in Ebute-Metta East, where an occupied building fell a week ago with several others vividly showing distress indicators,” the commissioner added.
According to Salako, it became logical to demolish structures that had previously been designated as critically distressed in order to avoid calamity during the rainy season.
This, according to the commissioner, would be done while the examination of structures in the area and across the state continued.
“Mr Babajide Sanwo-administration Olu’s is dedicated to protecting the safety of people and property.
“This underpins our determination to respond quickly to the recent spate of building collapses by eliminating uninhabitable structures before they create further misery, particularly during the rainy season when such structures are more prone to collapse,” he said.
Residents should remain particularly attentive and report any irregularities through the state government’s contact channels, according to the commissioner.
He recommended that they do so through the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Mobile App, which is available on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.