The Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), Ikoyi-Obalende chapter, has called on President Bola Tinubu to intervene in the deteriorating state of some national monuments and Federal Government property within the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

In a statement, the group noted that the Ikoyi area of the state has recently witnessed a trend of building collapses, adding that it was a rarity in its history marked by strict adherence to construction regulations.

It stated, “As this administration approaches its first anniversary in office, the Building Collapse Prevention Guild Ikoyi-Obalende Cell wishes to bring to the attention of His Excellency, President Bola Tinubu to the deteriorating state of some national monuments/ Federal Government property within our oversight area, Ikoyi, where Mr President’s personal residence is located.”

The group noted that the neglected Federal Government buildings in the area had become hotspots for criminal activities, exacerbating concerns about safety and security.

According to the guild, among these Federal Government structures that have been abandoned are the Federal Secretariat Complex, Ikoyi Towers, etc.

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“Notable among these abandoned Federal Government buildings is the multi-storey Federal Secretariat Complex, Ikoyi, an expired symbol of national pride in its prime.

“Also, we have the Ikoyi Towers (an equally Federal Government property, comprising three blocks of 12 floors labelled A, B, and C behind the abandoned Federal Secretariat). These multi-billion public investments should not be allowed to go to waste, especially at a time when the affordable housing sector is in crisis.”

They called for revitalisation efforts to safeguard these historic landmarks and mitigate the negative impact on Ikoyi’s residents and stakeholders.

It added, “From our records, Ikoyi has experienced five incidents of building collapse. Some neglected Federal Government buildings in our neighbourhood have become havens for criminals, illicit drug peddlers, squatters, and illegal occupants, tarnishing the reputation of Ikoyi.

“We are concerned that the lack of occupancy and regular maintenance are contributing to their faster dilapidation.

“Notable among these abandoned Federal Government buildings is the multi-storey Federal Secretariat Complex, Ikoyi, an expired symbol of national pride in its prime.”

Given the negative social, economic, safety, and security implications of such blighted buildings in any high-brow neighbourhood, the group called on the President to leverage his influence in fostering the rejuvenation of the decaying infrastructures in Ikoyi.

The group appealed, “As we mark the first anniversary of your administration, we appeal to Your Excellency to call for peace and possibly out-of-court negotiations to mitigate the wanton economic waste of the Federal Secretariat Complex.

“For the Ikoyi Towers, public-private partnerships can transform these buildings into low-cost residential apartments, technology hubs for developers, co-working spaces for small and medium-scale businesses, or other creative mixed-use purposes.

“We urge you, Mr President, to kindly use your elevated office to conscientise the parties involved about the need to rid Ikoyi of these potential hideouts for nefarious activities that could lower the quality of life in this neighbourhood.”

Recall that a 21-storey building on 42 Gerrard Road,  Ikoyi, collapsed on November 1, 2021, killing at least 42 people, including the owner of the property, Femi Osibona.

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