By OLUWOLE FAROTIMI
Lagos State Government has earmarked no fewer than seven buildings for demolition in Ojo Giwa, Okoya and Jankara Market in Isale Eko area of Lagos Island as a result of the multiple explosions that razed 12 buildings and destroyed goods worth billions of naira.
Daily Sun saw that demolition notices had been placed on some buildings not too far from the core area ravaged by explosion from firecrackers that devastated the area. The General Manager/CEO, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, while briefing newsmen, said the fire affected 12 houses, adding that eight of the affected buildings, which posed danger to the area were pulled down immediately.
According to him, other affected buildings in the area had been subjected to integrity test by the Lagos State Raw Material Testing Agency to determine their present structural stability status to avoid another disaster in the state.
“Our work there is to make the area safe and calm. Agencies like the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) have carried out environmental impact assessment of the explosion in the area, while the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and the Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) have been on ground to clear the debris and other waste items from the site,” he added.
He explained that eight buildings were demolished in three days, saying the clearing of the area would be concluded in less than two weeks after which fumigation exercise would take place.
Osanyintolu said that buildings examined and discovered to be unfit would be demolished while those needing structural adjustment would be recommended for appropriate action. He said LASEMA and other relevant agencies were working hard to avert unnecessary incidents of building collapse and fire incidents now on the increase in the state.