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Demolish defective buildings to save lives — Lagos Chief Imam

The Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla, yesterday charged the Lagos State Government to enforce strict compliance with building regulations. He said…

The Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla, yesterday charged the Lagos State Government to enforce strict compliance with building regulations.

He said the agency in charge of building regulations, the Lagos State Building Control Agency, should ensure defective buildings were demolished before killing the occupants.

He spoke when he visited the survivors of the Massey Street collapsed building at the General Hospital, Lagos Island.

According to him, strict enforcement will reduce the incidences of collapsed building in the state.

The Chief Imam, an engineer, commended the state government for its quick response, describing the problem of collapsed building as technical.

He said: “We should not wait for this kind of unfortunate incident before we do the needful. It is better to pull down defective buildings than to lose lives. We all know that it is a technical issue and what is important is for us is to maintain the code of building which is very important to avoid building collapse. Those in charge should ensure compliance with the regulations.

“It is important to have LASBCA officials go out to check defective buildings and do the needful. This will help reduce calamities happening today because, in every country, there are mechanisms to check defective buildings. When we have dilapidated buildings, they need to take them down”.