Lagos govt orders occupiers of Lekki Gardens to vacate homes

Wasiu Anifowose, commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, said Tuesday that integrity tests would be conducted on all structures erected by the developer.

“In the best interest of the occupiers of the other structures, their lives are very important to us as a government and we are appealing to them to vacate the building immediately until investigations are carried out,” the commissioner said.

Mr. Anifowose said‎ the management of Lekki Gardens went behind regulators to add two additional floors after constructing and roofing an approved three storey building.

“The gentleman behind Lekki Gardens got approval for ground, first, second and third floors, but after doing the roofing, he removed it and added additional two floors which caused the building to collapse,” Mr. Anifowose said during an inspection of the collapsed building.

“So, we have to carry out integrity test on the other structures and the cost implication for present occupiers of the other structures to vacate the buildings would be borne by the developer.”

‎The Lagos State government had, on Monday, fired three senior officers of the state’s Building Control Agency, a week after a five-storey building under construction by Lekki Gardens collapsed, claiming 34 lives.