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Lagos Chief Imam urges govt to enforce building regulations

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Visits survivors of collapsed building

Following several building collapse in Lagos State recently, the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla has urged the state government to ensure that builders and land owners comply strictly with building regulations.

Sheikh Abou-Nolla said enforcement and compliance with building regulations would curb the incidences of building collapse in the state.

Speaking with journalists after visiting some survivors of the Massey Street building collapse at the General Hospital, Lagos Island recently, Sheikh Abou-Nolla said the agency in charge of building regulations (Lagos State Building Control Agency) should ensure defective buildings are pulled down.

The Ita Faji building collapse yesterday

“We should not wait for this kind of unfortunate incident before we do the needful. It is better to pull down defective buildings than to lose lives. We all know that it is a technical issue and what is important is for us to maintain the code of building which is very important to avoid building collapse. Those in charge should ensure compliance with the regulations. It is important to have LASBCA officials go out to check defective buildings and do the needful. This will help reduce calamities happening today because, in every country, there are mechanisms to check defective buildings. When we have dilapidated buildings, they need to be taken down,” he said.

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Sheikh Abou-Nolla praised the Lagos State Government for the prompt response and adequate care.

“We thank Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris and the hospital management for helping to ease the pains of the affected people. It is important that the people at this  time, need trauma management, our prayers and our support – financially, physically and mentally to return to their normal lives. We pray Allah to guide and protect us from calamities and ease the pains of the victims,” he said. The chief Imam was joined by the five divisional imams in Ikorodu, Ikeja, Badagry, Lagos and Epe and the mission board members of the Lagos Central Mosque.

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