Lagos shut Lekki Gardens, orders residents out

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Barely 24 hours after firing top officials of the State’s building control agency, the Lagos State government on Tuesday ordered the closure of Lekki Gardens over the collapse of one of its buildings that killed 34 people.

The State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, during a visit to the site of the accident on Tuesday, ordered that the entire estate be evacuated within 14 days, while the perimeter of the collapsed building site be completely cordoned off for security reasons.

Ambode has also ordered that integrity test be conducted on all estates owned and managed by the Lekki Worldwide Estate Limited across the state, to prevent “them from killing other people.”

The governor, who commiserated with people that lost their loved ones in the tragedy, said that he had constituted a five-man committee to examine the Urban and Regional Planning Law of the State as it affects the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).

The committee, headed by TPL (Dr) Moses Olubunmi Ajayi, a past President of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners and Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria, will also examine the operations of LASBCA and make recommendations for changes that will ensure effective service delivery.

The committee will also within four weeks recommend organisational re-structure and appropriate manpower for the effective operation of LASBCA and study the legal and operational issues affecting the functioning of the Materials Testing Laboratory.

Other members of the committee are the President of the Nigerian Institute of Structural engineers, Engr Ore Fadayomi; Arch. Yetunde O. Ajayi (Retired Permanent Secretary); General Manager Lagos State Planning Authority (LASSPA) and Secretary of Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) as Secretary of the Committee.

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