Some residents of Lagos Island have backed the demolition of distressed houses in the area by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).
The residents, who spoke to Newsbreak, lamented the dangers of living in the buildings saying developers were only interested in making money at the expense of their lives.
Abeni Omotosho, who once lived in one of the buildings demolished said, “The demolition is good.
“It’s for our own good. Anytime a house is on fire, it will link to other three to four houses.”
Adewunmi Babatunde, a 62-year-old ex-Customs officer, said the developers only use sand, irons and blocks to renovate the houses and rent them out at exorbitant rates.
“We want them to demolish all these houses. They only use sand, small irons and just blocks
“After using substandard materials, they will paint and collect huge money from intending tenants,” he said.
He however added that the buildings have continued to survive demolition exercises because the developers bribe the government officials in Alausa.
“After these, the remaining houses marked, the the remaining caretakers will go and bribe people at Alausa,” he added.
Afeez Gbadamosi said the menace of building collapse would end only when the government bans the erection of high-rise buildings on Lagos Island.
“We don’t want high-rise buildings again here, especially three storey buildings. It is getting too much of the developers.
“They will just be erecting different structures anyhow, which made Lagos Island the way it is now,” he said.
Officials of LASBCA had swung into action after a four-storey building collapse claimed the lives of over 10 people on Wednesday.
The agency had demolished more than four houses on Friday, claiming the residents had been served eviction notices.
Tayo Fakolujo, Secretary of the agency representing the General Manager of LASBCA, told Newsbreak that the houses are over 35 years old. He lamented that despite countless eviction orders, residents refused to move out.
He said the demolition of the marked houses had been slow due to different court cases instituted against them by the owners of the houses. He revealed that the building on Smith Street had been marked since 2014.
He said 80 houses had been marked for demolition, explaining that they would be done in phases.
Fakolujo stated that houses are being demolished manually because of the crowded area.