- The Lagos State government said it would proceed with its planned demolition exercise at Alaba International Market
- Meanwhile, the Lagos State government has also played down rumours that the planned demolition exercise was targeted at Igbo traders
- Gbolahan Oki, the general manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA), said the exercise is solely to save lives and avoid disaster
The general manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA), Gbolahan Oki, said the demolition exercise was necessary due to the assessment of the buildings done by the agency.
As reported by TheCable, Oki visited the market alongside Kehinde Osinaike, his counterpart in Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), and the seven-member committee set up by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor.
Oki also dismissed claims that the exercise targeted Igbo traders in a heated feud with the Yoruba people in Lagos State.
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“All we are after is that the lives of traders and other Nigerians are extremely important to the Lagos state government.
“I have seen people painting buildings that are dilapidated, that are not good. It is not painting that makes a building new. Our lives are more important.”
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He, however, urged traders who are occupants of distressed buildings marked for demolition to evacuate the place within 14 days to prevent any disaster.
Oki warned that the state government would take drastic action if their instructions were not heeded.
“My mandate is to remove anything that is dilapidated, that is harmful to the people that even own it.”
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Meanwhile, Oki noted that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had set up a committee to critically carry out the demolition exercise without any confrontation or misconceptions.
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Meanwhile, 17 “distressed” buildings have been marked for demolition at the Alaba International Market in Lagos.
The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) general manager said the demolition is to prevent innocent persons.
Oki alleged that occupants of the marked building usually harass agency officials while on duty.