Uncompleted Building Collapses In Lagos, One Injured
BEVERLY HILLS, December 15, (THEWILL) – At least one person sustained injury on Thursday after a building under construction collapsed at about 3:00 p.m. at 21, Makinde Street Alausa, in Ikeja, Lagos.
The incident occurred barely 24 hours after the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LSBCA) served a stop-work order on the building.
About five workers 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 was injured.
According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the two-storey building collapsed from the base because of structural defect as a pillar at the back of the building cracked, causing the structure to tilt sideways, resting on another building.
LASEMA's General Manager, Adesina Tiamiyu, said occupants of the adjoining building were safely evacuated and advised developers to ensure they abide by building regulations and employ the services of certified engineers for building construction to avoid incidents such as this.
“Occupants of adjoining building around the partially collapsed structure were safely evacuated, while the vicinity of the partially collapsed building was 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.”
Story by Oputah David