• Asks developer to take responsibility for their relocation

By Gboyega Akinsanmi

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday ordered residents in all buildings constructed by Lekki Gardens to vacate their apartments pending the time an integrity test would be duly carried out to ascertain their fitness.

The governor explained that the developer of the estate in which a five-storey building was constructed in contravention of the state’s approved permit should take responsibility of the relocation of the occupants.

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode gave the directive when he visited the scene of the five-storey collapsed building which killed at least 34 people in Lekki, Lagos.

Consequently, the Akinwunmi Ambode had on Monday ordered that the General Manager of the Building Control Agency (LASBCA) Mr. Adeigbe Olushola and three other persons be dismissed immediately.

The three other persons are the agency’s Head of Inspection and Quality Control, Mr. Adeoye Thomas Adeyemi, its Zonal District Officer, Mr. Dosunmu Gbadebo, and its Zonal Head of Eti-Osa West, Mrs. Akinde Adenike Sherifat, all of whom were compulsorily retired from the State Public Service.

But in his directive after the tour of the site and other buildings owned inside Lekki Gardens yesterday, Ambode ordered the conduct of integrity test on all buildings already developed by Messrs. Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited, the owner of the estate to ascertain their fitness.

The governor added that the owner of the estate should take responsibility of the relocation of occupants of the buildings as government would not wait for the buildings to kill other people.