The Lagos government says it will destroy 17 distressed building that is within the Alaba international market in ojo LGA of the state that is used for commercial purposes.
The general manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki gave the notice of the demolition of the buildings during his visit to the market on Friday.
According to Oki, he said that his visit to the market gave the agency the opportunity to give the occupants of the buildings a final warning to evacuate before the demolition.
The general manager said some of the buildings had been marked for demolition since 2016, but occupants always harras officials of the agency whenever they want to carry out their work.
These buildings marked within Alaba international market would have been included in the list of the 349 distressed building earlier published in different national newspapers in this year.
“But because the occupants were always harassing our officers, it was impossible to capture the details of the structures and include them in the publication.
“What we have done now is a joint exercise carried out by both the Lagos Task Force officers and the demolition gang of Lagos State Building Control Agency. The buildings will be demolished.
“We know that this area is a commercial centre and one of the busiest markets in Lagos state.
“We cannot fold our arms and allow irregularities to
continue to thrive in the market where lives of innocent persons would be put at risk because of the failure of a few sets of individuals who have refused to do the needful.”