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Ambode orders evacuation of Lekki Gardens occupants

16 March 2016, 10:08

Lagos - The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has ordered occupants in all houses that had been built by Lekki Gardens to vacate their apartments.

He directed Lekki Gardens Estate Ltd, the property developer, to take responsibility for the residents’ relocation, adding that government will conduct stability test on all other buildings constructed by the firm, whether occupied or not, to ascertain their structural suitability.

He said all structures in Lagos would be audited to ascertain those with planning approval and evaluate their physical development against their plans.

Also read: Lekki building collapse: Ambode sacks four officials over negligence

Any developer that flouts building regulations will not be spared, he said, promising to do everything to check developers’ excesses and restore efficiency and confidence in the building control and supervision process.

The governor added that he had established a five-man committee under the chairmanship of Dr Moses Ajayi, a past President of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners and Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria to examine the Urban and Regional Planning Law of the state as it affected the Lagos State Building Control Agency and make recommendations for changes that would ensure effective service delivery.

The governor had earlier terminated the appointment of four officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) due to last week’s collapse of a building in Lekki Gardens.

- News 24


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