Following the collapse of a seven-storey building in Banana Island, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has ordered the demolition of three two-storey buildings in the area.
During his visit to the site of the collapsed building and inspection of other infrastructure around the island, Sanwo-Olu gave the demolition order for an illegal two-storey building at 310 Close, and two-storey buildings adjacent to each other at 306 Close, which were constructed under the powerline and under water.
While speaking at the site of the collapsed building, the governor blamed the developers’ irresponsibility and some citizens’ desire to make quick money for the unfortunate incident.
Sanwo-Olu also faulted the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) for granting extensions of the line of Banana Island.
The governor noted that the incident highlighted the negligence of Lagos State building officers in their responsibilities, and officers found culpable would face sanctions.
Sanwo-Olu ordered the stoppage of all construction work in Banana Island, and a seven-member committee was set up with a two-week mandate to independently ascertain what went wrong. The committee’s outcome would inform the government’s workplan going forward.