NEW INFORMATION UNVEILED REGARDING THE DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS IN A LAGOS COMMUNITY
Officials from the Lagos State government have clarified that the recent demolition of buildings at Alaba International Market was not a witch-hunt or politically motivated action. Instead, they stated that the demolition was carried out in the public interest to protect lives and enforce building regulations. The decision to demolish the distressed buildings was made to prevent building collapse and ensure the safety of traders and other residents.
Gbolahan Oki, the General Manager of Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA), emphasized that the demolition was necessary to prevent potential disasters and enforce building standards. Many of the demolished buildings lacked permits and necessary documentation, indicating non-compliance with state regulations. Oki stressed that the government's primary concern is the well-being of its citizens, and the demolition was not motivated by ethnic or political factors.
Oki, along with Kehinde Osinaike from Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) and a seven-man committee appointed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, visited the demolition site to assess the situation and address public concerns. The government is committed to ensuring that traders and residents are safe, and the demolition was carried out to avoid any potential harm caused by unstable buildings.
Oki urged owners of distressed buildings marked for demolition to comply with the two-week removal deadline to prevent further risks. The committee's purpose is to address the issues surrounding the demolition and find a swift resolution that considers the interests of traders in the Alaba market.
During a meeting with the market traders' leadership, Oki explained the importance of adhering to building regulations and how the government aims to ensure compliance for the safety of all. The affected traders, carrying placards with various pleas, requested a quick resolution to restore their livelihoods.
The Lagos State government's actions were driven by the imperative to protect lives and enforce building regulations, and the appointment of committees reflects their commitment to addressing the concerns of all stakeholders involved. The government's priority remains the safety and well-being of its citizens, and they are taking proactive steps to ensure compliance with building standards for the betterment of the community.