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FW: Lagos Island has 1,000 defective buildings

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha is trying to figure out how to tell as many impact stories as possible in different forms.

This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news

There are more than 1,000 buildings in Lagos Island that are unfit for human habitation and due for demolition, according to Kunle Awobodu. Awobodu is the National President of the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), an independent body aimed at promoting standard construction practices across the country.

On Thursday, 14th March, Awobodu said that bad workmanship and poor quality building materials are responsible for weak houses in Lagos Island, particularly those in the Idumota, Adeniji Adele axis. According to him, the distressed buildings had been brought to the notice of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) for demolition.

His statement came up as a result of the collapse of a three-storey building that was housing a school at Massey Street, Lagos Island on Wednesday, 13th March. The collapse killed 20 people and injured at least 40 (most of them children). The building was one of those marked for demolition, and the school operating from inside it was confirmed to have been operating illegally by the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

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