Warns against attack on officers, demands information of workers on site 
Lagos State Government has read a riot act to building developers demanding that they have names, pictures and addresses of workers on site.

The state also warned against attacks on building control officers by area boys engaged by developers without the necessary documents.

The General Manager of the State Building Control Agency (LABSCA), Gbolahan Oki, disclosed this during a meeting with the Lagos Island chapter of Real Estate Developers Association in his office.

He decried the nonchalant attitude of  members of the association despite meeting with them seven months ago on the need to build right and curb incessant building collapse in Lagos Island.

According to him, henceforth, the agency will seal any site without key   professionals on site, while the names, addresses and photographs of workers are to be pasted on sites.

Oki regretted that members of the association have continued to shortchange the system, despite several warnings, leading to the collapse of a building under construction on Monday in Lagos Island.

The General Manager promised to begin enforcement in the Island  from today to put down houses that do not comply with regulations.

He said: “We don’t need to sleep with one of our eyes closed because we are not sure what the builders or contractors have put in place for us to sleep in.

“The life of an average Nigerian is more important than the money you want to make.

“All constructions must have key professionals on site and materials must be well tested

“Before, you start any job on your site you should do insurance, if anything happens to the people on site, you don’t need to worry.

“There are simple procedures that must be met, which also  include having building plans and approval on site, which 99 per cent of the developers don’t have, that is why the Lagos state government decided to have building officers in the district.

“Take the recent building collapse for example, the owner would have spent about N30 million, if 10per cent of the cost is taken by a professional, the build would stand.

“Irrespective of the cost of construction, it is not equal to the life of a person. If people were living in that collapsed property what would be their fate?

“When our officers come to your site, you will harass them, because you do not have the necessary documents and it has to stop.

“On no occasion should any of our enforcement team be embarrassed, if not the site will have to come down alongside others on the street,” he added.

Responding, chairman of the association, Chief Adeniyi Lawal, pledged to cooperate with the government to ensure the protection of life and property by abiding by all the rules.
While thanking God that no life was lost in the unfortunate incident, he stressed that the association will fish out the developer of the ill-fated construction.

Also, an official of the association, Alhaji Kamli Shodeinde decried the harassment of enforcement officers and pledged that the association will ‘build right’ to protect life and property of Lagos residents.

Source : Guardian