By Yinka Komolafe
As a precautionary measure against possible collapse reminiscent of recent incidents that have led to numerous loss of lives, the Lagos State government is set to demolish 38 buildings in the Jakande Housing Estate on Adeniji Adele street on Lagos Island.
The buildings built during the administration of Alhaji Lateef Jakande in the early 80s were declared to have become unsafe for habitation due to structural deficiency, inadequate drainage facilities, after investigation of buildings in the estate was carried out by the state officials.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Abolaji Abosede, at an emergency meeting to convey the governmentâ€™s resolution to the residents last week, said that Governor Babatunde Fashola had mandated the team to take urgent action to forestall another building collapse.
According to him, the Governor did not want a situation where people would wait till the buildings collapse resulting in loss of lives and property, adding that out of the 120 buildings, comprising Phases I to IV in the estate, the 38 buildings had been found to be in a bad shape due to weak foundation and bad drainage, while some were already precariously bent.
Abosede noted that many of the buildings were hastily built to provide accommodation for Lagosians without adequate soil test. â€œWe have carried out investigations and some of the buildings are not safe. There is nothing to do other than to demolish them. They can collapse at anytime, if there is heavy rain,â€ he said.
The commissioner was accompanied to the estate by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Mrs. Titi Anibaba; General Manager of LASURA, Mr. Sulaiman Yusuf and the Managing Director of LBIC, Mr. Abiodun Oki, among others.
He assured the residents that plans to relocate the affected people to a temporary hostel had been put in place, calling on the residents to cooperate with the government for a smooth redevelopment of the buildings.