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Lagos to sanction organisations flouting safety laws

16 January 2013, 09:08

Lagos - The Lagos State Safety Commission says it will impose N250 000 fine on organisations, corporate bodies, hotel operators and builders that fail to comply with safety laws.

Mrs Dominga Odebunmi, the Director- General of the commission, said this at a Stakeholders’ Safety Forum on Tuesday in Lagos.

Odebunmi said that the sanction was in line with the government’s resolve to address the problem of recurrence of building collapse and fire disasters.

She said that the state had instituted a safety law on houses, hotels, factories and estates in the city.

``The safety law was set up by the Commission in 2010, known as the Lagos State Safety Law for estate builders, hotel operators, events planners and some others.

``Any defaulter of the safety law would be prosecuted and fined N250 000 and above for non-compliance.''

She said that the commission would not hesitate to close down buildings that did not comply with safety rules.

Odebunmi said that the stakeholders’ forum was organised to serve as a safety sensitisation campaign in the entire districts in Lagos state.

``The campaign awareness would be an eye-opener to all residents, landlords, events planners and other stakeholders on how to identify hazards and how to prevent recurrence of fire disaster in homes and work place.''

Also speaking, Mrs Abimbola Animashaun-Odunayo, the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, said that the agency would close down any un authorised ongoing construction works.

``Before a construction takes place, such contractor must obtain planning permission from the agency.

``This is in compliance with the Lagos State 2010 Building Law,'' she said.

Animashaun-Odunayo said that defaulters of the State Building Code would be fined N150, 000 and above.

She advised stakeholders to abide by the Building Code to avoid fire disasters and building collapse in the state.

NAN reports that the forum attracted clergymen, Islamic leaders, residents, traditional rulers and corporate organisations, among other stakeholders.



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