By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsuru Olowoopejo
Following the death of four siblings at Orisha Magodo axis, Lagos State Government has marked about 15 buildings, including the bungalow where the four died, for demolition, saying “none of the buildings had approval.”
General Manager of Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, Mr. Shola Aderibigbe, who disclosed this to Vanguard, said: “The buildings were erected in a mudslide zone.
“There is the likelihood that another mudslide would occur in the community. To avoid another tragedy, all the buildings in that zone must be removed immediately.
“Also, none of them had approval. This is because any mudslide zone is dangerous for habitation.”
When Vanguard visited the community, it was observed that the owners of the structures were asked to remove them immediately.
On Magodo Phase I
For the houses in Magodo Phase 1, the General Manager said the buildings erected on the cleavage hills were sealed to allow the state government verify their approved plans, adding “do not forget that they bought their land from the government and there was a setback behind their houses.”
He explained that the setbacks were created to avert any danger that could arise from mudslide. Aderibigbe lamented that there had been some extension, but that they would ascertain it today, when the government would begin to verify occupants’ approved plans.
Aderibigbe vowed that government will not hesitate to order immediate removal of any structure erected on the setback.
Some of the buildings marked for demolition were at Olaiya Oladeji Street.
We served them notice— Council boss
Reacting to the collapsed building, the Deputy Executive Secretary of Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Mrs. Abiodun Martins, said that residents of Orisa Magodo were, last month, warned to leave the community that there could be mudslide soon.
Her words: “I was here less than a month ago. I warned that occupants of these buildings should vacate because they were living on a setback. I spoke with the Baale and he said that he had instructed everyone to vacate.
“The owners of the buildings are living on setbacks. Definitely, government did not approve the construction of the buildings. They were not expected to live in Orisha Magodo, considering the enormity of the danger inherent there.”