Lagos urges full compliance with planning laws
On July 9, 2012 ? In Finance

By YINKA KOLAWOLE

Lagos State government has called on all stakeholders, professionals and property owners to ensure full compliance with the Lagos State 2010 planning laws in the contruction of buildings? in the state, in a bid to curtail incidences of building collapse.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mrs. Olutoyin Ajayi, gave the charge after a successful evacuation of occupants of house No.3, Ajayi Road, off Yaya Abatan, in Ogba area of the state recently.? The three-storey building, with about 12 flats, had shown signs of distress before the rescue operation and the eventual seal up of the property by officials of the ministry.

Ajayi said it has become mandatory to ensure that the 2010 planning laws of Lagos State are followed to the letter. She urged stakeholders to avail themselves of planning information as stipulated in the said law from the ministry before embarking on any construction, especially the urban regeneration law and other extant laws conceived to ensure a well-planned and live-able environment where unforeseen occurrences can be forestalled. She said that the building in question had suffered ?foundational failure?, adding that a monumental disaster was averted by officials from the ministry who acted promptly following a distress call made by one of the residents in the area.

Ajayi asserted that the evacuation and sealing of the premises was necessary in order to save lives and property since, according to her, the building has become structurally defective and inhabitable as heavy cracks were seen vertically and horizontally on all the floors, which had tilted the building by about 5-6 inches down to the ground. According her, the exerted pressure on the building was due to multi-purpose use of the building, ranging from printing press, recording studio, religious purposes and a diagnostic centre, among others.

Report of officers of the Lagos State Physical Planning and Development Authority and Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory respectively, conducted by Messrs Ayotunde Sodeinde and Shola Famakin, certified that the building was situated in a water logged area and was evidently sinking and that by virtue of the visible diagonal cracks, the foundation had experienced an uneven settlement which shows that the building has been damaged beyond repairs and should therefore be removed. They further noted that in the event of heavy rainstorm, there was the likelihood that the building would have collapsed at any moment.

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