LASBCA embarks on sensitization/roadshow against building collapse

Oki appealed to Lagos residents to embrace voluntary compliance with all laws guiding building construction.

The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), on Thursday, embarked on a statewide campaign to educate residents on building regulations and control across all local councils to tame building collapse.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the exercise was “Compliance to Building Regulations – An Antidote to Building Collapse”.

A NAN correspondent who monitored the procession of cluster 11 compromising Mainland, Yaba, Bariga, and Somolu Districts, reports that the team moved through inner streets, major roads, and markets.

The team led by Mrs Funmilayo Bashua, Supervising Director of Yaba District Office of LASBCA, made announcements, shared fliers, and engaged in interactions to explain procedures to passersby.

At Alade Market in Somolu, they interacted with traders, market leaders, transporters, motorists, and other residents.

Bashua explained the roles of various agencies and what to do at various levels before coming to LASBCA for approvals and supervision.

She told NAN the team was on the roads to sensitize and plead with residents of the zone on the need to build right and be on the right side of the law, to avert collapse.

The General Manager of LASBCA, Mr. Gbolahan Oki, told journalists that the exercise was held simultaneously across all the 20 local governments to create awareness of requirements and approvals needed before construction.

Oki appealed to Lagos residents to embrace voluntary compliance with all laws guiding building construction.

He also advised residents to consult building professionals, obtain development permits, and make use of quality materials for construction works, to curb incessant building collapse.

Oki said that the program was to create awareness of the need to build in accordance with stipulated laws, to prevent building collapse and avoidable loss of lives and property.

The General Manager explained that sealing off buildings or demolition were usually the last options for the state government if residents kept shunning laid-down rules and regulations.

A statement shared by Mrs. Adetayo Asagba, Asst. Director, of Public Affairs, LASBCA, gave insights into the visit of the Ikorodu team.

Speaking at his Palace in Ikorodu, the Adegboruwa of the Igbogbo kingdom, Oba Semiu Kasali, commended the concept of bringing the awareness campaign closer to the grassroots.

He said that the rally would go a long way in educating the residents on building regulations and applications.

The traditional ruler emphasized the need for effective synergy between all relevant stakeholders and advised the government to carry out more sensitization.

He said it would help people to distinguish between the services of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) and LASBCA.

Kasali suggested that the State Government should develop a template that explains the responsibilities of each concerned agency and their roles in building regulations.

The traditional ruler promised to get the template printed in banner format and erect it in the palace for everyone to see, enabling them to acquire more knowledge on building regulations and control.

The Chief Whip of the Professional Carpenter and Furniture Association in the Ikorodu Branch, Mr. Ajagunna Olusoji Dada, commended the government and LASBCA management for organizing the program.

He said it would reduce building collapse while advising residents to engage the services of qualified carpenters and other artisans for their building projects.


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