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How developer ignored ‘stop work’, ‘seal up’ orders in Lagos building collapse: LASBCA

*Mukaila Sanusi, Deputy Director of Public Affairs of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, clarifies the regulatory agency had issued contravention notices and orders, but the building developer ignored same, and continued construction without any recourse to the authorities

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has revealed how the developers ignored the regulatory agency’s “stop work” and “seal up” orders and continued building construction behind the scene.

ConsumerConnect reports two-storey building under construction Sunday, April 23, 2023, collapsed along Ladipo Oluwole Street, in Apapa area of Lagos State.

It is noted that the latest building collapse incident was coming barely a week after a similar one occurred in the Banana Island area of the state.

Reacting to the unfortunate incident, Mukaila Sanusi, Deputy Director of Public Affairs at LASBCA, in a statement issued Sunday said:

“The Lagos State Government Sunday said that a three-floor building under construction that partially collapsed on Ladipo Oluwole Street, Apapa ignored the stop work and seal up orders of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA and continued construction behind the scene.

“The collapse incident, which was flagged on the Physical Planning incident management platform on Sunday evening, triggered immediate preliminary enquiries that showed that officers of the States Building Control Agency had issued a number of contravention notices, stop work and seal up orders, which the developer ignored and carried on construction without any recourse, whatsoever, to the authorities.”

According to Sanusi, there was no casualty reported in the incident.

The statement also noted: “Lagos State Government has immediately activated inquires into the collapse to unravel the minute details and guide appropriate actions.

Building collapse is common in some parts of Nigeria, according to reports.

Experts are said to have blamed the development on several factors, including poor building materials, lack of professionalism, and a host of others.

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