As Lagos tackles the menace of building collapse currently taking its toll on life and property of its residents, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu yesterday solicited for the involvement of Lagosians in curbing the problem .
The governor who sought the support of all Lagosians and stakeholders while unveiling the new office building for the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) in Government Reserved Area (GRA), Ikeja said the government alone cannot address the issue of building collapse without the support of the teeming populace.
“The task of reducing the menace of building collapse in our society is for everyone and it requires an attitudinal change across the board. When you see something going wrong in society, say it out loud. LASBCA district and zonal offices are all over the state where you can easily report any distressed building. I assure you that the confidentiality of your report is guaranteed and safe.
“I want to use this opportunity to call on all Lagosians especially Professionals that are engaged in the construction industry not to cut corners in the discharge of their duties. Because trying to cut corners has been majorly identified as the cause of building collapse in our society today .It is not just in Nigeria that we have seen or heard of building collapsing but all over the world”, Sanwo-Olu said.
He said the newly commissioned office would serve as the nerve centre for the vital functions, equipped with modern technology and skilled workforces to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.
Earlier, the general manager of the agency, Gbolahan Oki thanked Governor Sanwo-Olu who gave an approval for the construction of the office for staff while providing mental, emotional, material supports as well as conducive environment for the commitment to discharging their duties and responsibilities.
Also, the commissioner for physical planning and urban development, Oluyinka Olumide, said the edifice marked a significant milestone in the development of the city, restating the commitments of staff to rededicate themselves to creating a sustainable and resilient built environment for Lagosians.