At least, one person has sustained serious injury after the building under construction collapsed at 21, Makinde Street Alausa, Ikeja, area of Lagos stated.
Investigations revealed that the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LSBCA) had a day before served a stop-work order on the said building before it eventually collapsed at about 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.
The stop-work order by LSBCA was informed by a cracked pillar at back of the building which made the structure to tilt sideways, on another building.
About five workers who were said to be in the premises at the time of the incident, jumped on the roof of an adjourning building but only one of them got injured.
According to Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the two-storey building collapsed from the base because of structural defect.
The General Manager, LASEMA, Adesina Tiamiyu, said occupants of the adjoining building were safely evacuated, adding that vicinity of the partially collapsed building has been cordoned off to prevent any form of movement.
He said, “No life was lost, but a male adult who was working in the collapsed building sustained injury and was treated immediately. Proper investigation would be conducted on the incident while the collapsed building will be recovered by controlled demolition so as to ensure utmost safety of lives and properties.”
Tiamiyu however, urged developers to ensure strict compliance to building regulations and employ the services of certified engineers for building construction to avoid incidents such as this.
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