The Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu has appealed to owners of buildings and developers to stop contravening building regulations to halt avoidable loss of lives associated with collapsed buildings.
Speaking with newsmen on Sunday at the site of the four-floor self collapsed building at No 4, Alayaki Lane, off Freeman street, Lagos Island, Dr Oke-Osanyintolu who stated that owners of the collapsed building took to working at night and weekends to circumvent the stop work order by the Building Control Agency, appealed to Lagosians that whenever a building is marked as defective, concerned persons should work with the relevant government agencies to find solutions rather than cutting corners.
“Safety of life and property is paramount to us, we will do everything that is humanly possible to ensure the safety of lives and our properties, we appeal to the good people of Lagos State to always abide by the rules and regulations for their safety” he said
Dr Oke-Osanyintolu warned the owners of the next building to the one that collapsed to immediately stop further development as they had criminally painted over the stop work order on the edifice.
He said: “the enforcement will be carry out in all ramifications, inasmuch as we want our people to partner with us, we will not fail in our duty. We’ve been intervening in some structures, we want undesirable elements to desist from all these”
Earlier, the General Manager of the State Building Control Agency, Mr Gbolahan Oki, had engaged members of the community on the need to seek proper approval from the relevant agencies before embarking on any construction or rehabilitation of buildings and he also appealed to the people to stop harassing government officials during enforcement of the relevant building regulations.
Four adult males died when the four-flour building collapsed amidst torrential rain on Saturday, and five persons were rescued by the combined team of emergency responders with support from members of the community, while the remains of the self collapsed structure were pulled down.