The Lagos State Government says it has embarked on an integrity test of all building structures at the popular Balogun market where a major fire incident occurred on Tuesday.
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who disclosed this in an interview on Thursday at the scene of the incident, explained that the move was in a bid to prevent further disasters.
According to him, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu also had on Wednesday declared that integrity tests would be conducted on all the buildings during the regeneration exercise so as to ascertain their integrity.
Oke-Osanyintolu added that the weak buildings would be pulled down.
“The very weak building detected in the course of conducting the tests, would be pulled down to further reduce chances of disasters of such great magnitude in the state,” he said.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, who was also in attendance, stated that the two buildings at No 41 and 45 Martins Street, the scene of the incident, will undergo an integrity test to confirm if they were habitable or not.
The result of the integrity test, Ogunleye said, would determine the next line of action, adding that the government is passionate about the safety of the citizens.
In a similar vein, the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Mrs. Abiola Kosegbe, said that a total of 700 buildings had been identified as distressed.
Kosegbe explained that before such buildings are pulled down, the government will notify the owners of the properties.
She stated that the structure stability of the building will be carried out by the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory.
She further explained that if any of the buildings failed the integrity test, LASBCA would follow the legal procedures by informing the owners of the buildings and publishing it in the newspaper before final demotion is done.