The Lagos Government has called on stakeholders in the built environment to support the whistleblowing policy initiated by the government to stem the tide of building collapse.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako spoke on the need to speak up while engaging stakeholders in Ebute-Metta on measures to reduce building collapse in Lagos State.
He said that stemming the tide of building collapse is a collective responsibility for everyone in order to secure the precious lives and property of Lagosians.
“Recent collapses witnessed in Ebute-Metta area has become worrisome as the area accounts for approximately 40% of cases of building collapse in the State, which is in contrast to the historical reference of the area as an economic hub of old Lagos”, he said.
While lamenting the prevalence of illegal building construction in the area, the Commissioner noted that Lagos Mainland, which is home to some reputable tertiary institutions, used to be one of the oldest well-planned localities in the State with most of the streets and neighbourhoods properly laid out in regular, distinguishable and functional patterns.