Over 80 percent of buildings across Lagos State are without legal title, Lekan Shodeinde, the general manager of Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), says.
Shodeinde also identified the need for property owners in the state to undertake a five-year period appraisal on their structures to curtail incidences of building collapse, saying most of the building collapse that had occurred were a direct consequence of failure to maintain such buildings.
Shodeinde spoke at third Lagos State emergency and disaster preparedness summit, organised by the state ministry of special duties and inter-governmental relations, Tuesday, with the theme “Promoting and Sustaining Integrated Response to Emergencies within the Golden Hour.”
The state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, represented at the event by Tunji Bello, the secretary to the government, speaking, reaffirmed the resolve of government to take proactive steps towards averting disasters and loss of lives.
Ambode said one of the steps the government had taken in this regards was the scaling up of the monitoring and surveillance capacity with appropriate agencies to ensure compliance with laws and apply sanctions as might be deemed necessary.
“One of the key steps we have taking to promote greater efficiency among the various departments and agencies in the state is the creation of the safety arena. As human we may not have control over the occurrence of natural disasters but we certainly can mitigate the effects when it happens,” Ambode said.
Oluseye Oladejo, the commissioner for special duties and inter-governmental relations, said the summit showcased the preparedness of Lagos to manage emergencies and disasters within Lagos and partner with other southwest states.
Oladejo said the theme of summit couldn’t had been more appropriate, as it was coming at a time parts of the country were witnessing a phenomenal rise in natural disasters of which Lagos was not immune.
He enjoined participants at the two-day summit to provide necessary information to government and support its cause in the promotion of safety policy thrust so as to make emergency management more sustainable.