Stella Dimoko Lagos Begins Demolition Of 57 Marked Distressed Buildings


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lagos Begins Demolition Of 57 Marked Distressed Buildings

The Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA on Monday began the demolition of 57 distressed buildings across the metropolis in a move to stem the tide of collapsed buildings in the State.

Thirty-four of the buildings being demolished are on Lagos Island.

General Manager, LASBCA, Engr. Lekan Shodehinde said the demolition was under the first phase of the demolition of distressed buildings approved by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

Shodehinde said the buildings had been distressed overtime and that government had served owners of the structures notices.

He said the exercise was being carried out to stem tides of collapsed buildings in the State, saying that government would not fold its arm and allow buildings to collapse indiscriminately across the metropolis.

Shodehinde disclosed that the agency had identified 114 distressed buildings that needed to be demolished across the metropolis, adding that the others would be demolished during the second phase of the exercise.

Shodehinde explained that once a distressed building had been demolished by the government, the owner would be given 90 days to pay the demolition cost, failure for which government would seize the land.

The LASBCA General Manager stated that if after the test had been carried out and the property was found to be unsafe, it would be demolished.

-Edited From P.M News


  1. In other words, government want sto seize their lands, because I don't see how such will be paid.

  2. Government's proactive step to stem the tide of building collapses and the rresultant losses is ok no doubt but requiring the owners of demolished building to foot the cost of demolition to me is a subtle way to takeover people's lands. Because if these owners could afford it, am sure they would rather fix their structures than see them pulled down. I am not unmindful of the dearth of a maintenance culture in us but this is goin to make a number of people lose their lands to the state.

  3. Government should just say they want to take someone's land. Cos why tell them to pay the demolition cost??? Dem send u message? You were the one that decided to demolish them. You should bear the cost without conditions.

    Where do they expect people with such building to get the money to pay them for destroying their property.

    If they had d money, won't they rather use It to fix gradually

  4. And what is the hope of the owners of the house and land...hope no be story go end am. Our government no de fall hand

  5. This is wickedness. Ambode your day of reckoning is coming. Why will the land be stolen sorry i mean seized from the owners if the fail to pay the cost of demolition? How do we know if the supposed cost is the actual?


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