By Monsuru Olowoopejo
Lagos State Government yesterday commenced Structural Stability Test on existing structures in Lekki Gardens in Eti-Osa Local Government, to ascertain the strength of the buildings.
This came nine days after a five-storey building under construction caved in, killing 34 persons and injuring 13 others.
When Vanguard visited the scene, officials of the Lagos state Material Testing Laboratory, LSMTL, were sighted conducting test on the buildings.
Speaking to newsmen at the scene of the collapsed building, Mr Rasheed Balogun, an engineer and Acting General Manager of LSMTL, said that the agency has commenced the test to avert another building collapse in the state.
Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, had on Tuesday directed that test be conducted on the structures and that the result will determine the fate of the structures.
Balogun explained that some of the test conducted were on the Structures Wire Pile test, Coring test, Non Destructive test, Pundit test and Soil test on the structures.
Vanguard however gathered that the residents have compiled with the directive of the state government to vacate the building until the completion of the tests.
It was learned that Police officers from the Eti-Osa division and Rapid Response Squad, RRS, operatives, were at the entrance of the sealed building to ensure no one had access to the buildings.
Sources said that additional private security officers have been deployed to the Lekki Garden Worldwide, owners of the structures to maintain strict adherence to the no entrance order especially for non-occupants.
In an interview with Vanguard, a security official who identified himself simply as Olumide, said that since the Lagos State Safety Commission, LSSC and the State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, sealed the buildings, residents of the estate have not been allowed to stay there except when they came to take one or two things from their apartment.