The Lagos State government has directed owners and developers of 349 distressed buildings in the state to conduct a Non-Destructive Test (NDT) to ascertain the integrity of the structures.
The General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki, gave the directive in a statement on Friday in Lagos.
The NDT, according to the agency, will help to determine the buildings that are no longer fit for habitation in the state.
The agency gave a timeframe of 90 days for the conduct of the test.
The statement read: “LASBCA has therefore served all statutory enforcement notices on the structures and has requested the owners/developers of the structures to conduct a Non- Destructive Test (NDT) on the structures with no response from the respective owners /developers of the buildings.
“Following the above, a final notice is hereby given to the owners/developers of the underlisted buildings to conduct a Non-Destructive Test on the structures to ascertain their structural stability and where the structures turn out to be unfit for habitation, demolition permit should be obtained from the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) to remove the structures in the interest of public safety.
“Where the structure is recommended for re-engineering/renovation, the buildings to conduct a Non-Destructive Test on the structures to ascertain their structural stability and where the structures turn out to be unfit for habitation, demolition permit should be obtained from the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) to pull down the structure in the interest of public safety.
“A time frame of 90 days is hereby given after the publication of this notice for the conduct of NDT, re-engineering or removal of the identified structures that are exhibiting signs of distress (as the case may be) failing which LASBCA shall not hesitate to remove the structures in the interest of public safety and in line with the regulatory provisions of the Law.
“Where structures are removed by the Agency, cost of removal shall be recovered from the owner/developer as required by the law.”
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