One Dead As Another Building Collapses In Lagos
One person has died after a building collapsed on Lagos Island, the Lagos state area.
It was learnt that the building was under construction before its collapse.
According to an eyewitness, the building collapsed after heavy rainfall near Freeman Road, Lagos Island.
Two people have been rescued alive from the site
The Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Agency confirmed that a four-story building collapsed on May 21st May, 2022 at 4 Alayaki Lane, Lagos Island
The report read, “The Agency responded to the above incident which was already in violation of building safety protocols.
“It was discovered that the building had been captured by the LASBCA District Office and served with all Statutory Notices, Sealed at District and Central Enforcement Level.
“An unconfirmed number of people are still trapped inside the building. Two people have been rescued alive while another was recovered dead
“Search and Rescue operations ongoing. Further updates to follow.”
Lagos State has recorded three incidents of building collapse over the last few months, where 15 lives have been lost.
On November 1, 2019, a huge building on Gerard Road, Ikoyi collapsed due to poor construction. 50 people died in the incident.
On May 1, 2022, a three-storey building collapsed in the Ebute Metta area of the state. Fatalities have been confirmed to have reached at least 10.
After the collapse, the Lagos State Government ordered the immediate stoppage of approval for structures above three floors in Ebute-Metta East and West.
This area includes unfenced low-lying topography, a low water level, and soil unfavorable to the construction of tall buildings. Salako says the decision was made considering these factors.
The Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority has been directed to stop accepting applications for approval of structures above levels three in the Lagos state area.
Building collapses are damaging society and the government is taking action to make sure they don’t happen again. After these buildings have collapsed, Lagos’ Commissioner of Physical Planning Dr Idris Salako released a statement saying that the government has been compelled to use law to address the crisis.