Ojuelegba Building Collapse: 5 People Rescued

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), during overnight
operation on Thursday, rescued five victims in another collapsed
building in Ojuelegba area of Surulere.

The Chief Executive
Officer, LASEMA, Dr Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed this to
newsmen on Friday in Lagos said the victims were rescued after the
building was pulled down to the ground zero about 11 p.m.

Oke-Osanyintolu
said the accident occurred at 9.15 p.m., adding that the rescue was in
collaboration with the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA),
Igbere TV reports.

“The most important thing is that we rescued
five people alive while pulling down the building to save lives and
property to the residents.

“When we got to the building, we
discovered that the building was highly unstable, LASBCA had marked the
building on March 25, 2015, and May 21 while the residents and the
landlord were warned to vacate their premises.

“We need to
perform, urgently, the construction and re-development of that area
because of the safety of lives and property. We then have to use our
sophisticated equipment to check whether people are under the debris.
With our equipment, we pulled down the building to the ground zero,” the
chief executive officer said.

Oke-Osanyintolu urged residents in
the state to ensure their buildings were properly maintained, adding
that emergency was everybody’s business.

He, however, announced
plans by the agency to conduct a test on all buildings within the area,
in order to ensure the safety of the environment in the locality.

Also
speaking to newsmen, the General Manager, LASBCA, Mrs Abiola Kosegbe,
said the agency had identified and marked the collapsed building in
question in 2015 and 2019.

She said that the marking was done after conducting a text which indicated that the property was in a distress.

“Our
officers visited the building and sealed it to avoid loss of life, the
investigation showed that some of the tenants caught off the seal notice
and continued living in the premises,” she said.

Kosegbe urged
the residents to avoid living in a building in distress in their own
good and in the interest of the community in general.

She also
advised residents and prospective landlords to ensure that they carryout
Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) to evaluate the quality of materials used
in the building.

Another government official, Mr Yinka Jonathan,
urged the state government to compel building engineers to always go
through a series of test to ensure solid erection of a building.

Jonathan,
however, stressed that if the government was not satisfied with the
standard of a particular building, it should stop people from renting
such a structure.

The Deputy Leader, Surulere Local Government
Council, Mr Adebisi Davis, who expressed disappointment over the sad
development, however, thanked God for saving lives in the incident.

News
Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports that a three-storey building at Magodo
Phase 1 and a two-storey building collapsed at No 7, Rufai Street,
Ojuelegba about 12 days ago.

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