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Guild urges govt to investigate officials over Lagos demolition

The Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) has urged the Lagos State Government to investigate compromised officials involved in the recent demolition of the Arowojobe area in Mende Villa, Lagos.
In a statement signed by the BCPG Kosofe Cell coordinator, Soji Adeniji, the guild called for accountability among government staff and former political office holders whose actions may have led to the delayed and destructive demolition of properties along System One Channel in Mende, Lagos.
 
Adeniji stated, "To complement the essence of this belated demolition, the government should scrutinize its staff and past political office holders, dispensing immediate justice to those whose compromises resulted in the wanton destruction of property."
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He emphasized that prosecuting retired officials for negligence or dereliction of duty would encourage public interest loyalty. Developers who consistently flout building regulations and bribe officials should also be held accountable, as such offenses deserve no sympathy.
 
The guild urged regulatory bodies to identify and punish construction professionals involved in the illegal buildings' construction. They highlighted the importance of verifying land documents before construction begins.
BCPG called on the government to provide adequate notice to direct occupants, rather than landlords, to minimize the suffering of those living in buildings designated for demolition. They also recommended temporary accommodation or relief camps for displaced residents, stressing that past errors should not perpetually haunt residents. The demolition of buildings to prevent flooding is necessary and irreversible.
 
Adeniji pointed out that the ongoing demolition, meant to correct past mistakes, has sparked allegations from developers. They claim that the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation set a precedent by encroaching on natural watercourses at Alapere through sand filling and constructing housing estates in swampy areas.
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According to Adeniji, demolishing buildings obstructing the watercourse is necessary to provide relief to residents during the rainy season. He described the exercise by the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources as essential for saving lives and property, commending the ministry's leadership for their resolve.
 
"As a professional organization, we understand the cost of building construction and the value of existing buildings. Preventive measures are crucial," Adeniji said. He acknowledged that owners and occupants of demolished buildings would face economic and social setbacks, including psychological and health challenges. He also noted the political implications of demolishing buildings before an election.
 
The recent demolition of buildings in Arowojogbe, Mende Estate, has sparked outrage among residents, with videos of the exercise circulating on social media. Commissioner Tunji Bello explained that the demolitions were necessary to prevent flooding of the mainland, as the structures were built on the System 1 drainage right of way to the Odo Iya Alaro.
 
Source: PunchNG

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