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Banana Island Tragedy: Lagos Begins Structural Integrity Test on Uncompleted Buildings

• Order on halt of development to be extended to other estates and gated communities in the state, says Omotoso

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Following the collapse of an uncompleted seven-storey building in the Ikoyi area of Lagos state on Wednesday, the state government has commenced a structural integrity test on the building structures under construction in the area.

The Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory (LSMTL), on Friday, said in a post shared on its Instagram account, that it is embarking on the “Immediate Non-Destructive (structural integrity) Test, NDT of the adjoining buildings” of the site of the collapsed building on 1st Avenue, Banana Island, which has so far claimed one life.

This is coming after the Babajide Sanwo-Olu government ordered that all development projects in the highbrow area be placed on hold.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, in a statement on Thursday, said this is to ensure that a comprehensive audit is done by officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency.

 

He revealed that the exercise would be extended to other estates and gated communities in the state.

The directive, he added, was to enable the government to determine the number of buildings being constructed without approval in the area and to know if all the approved buildings were being built in line with the approval limits provided.

“The Lagos State Government has launched a probe into the collapse of a seven-storey building under construction on Banana Island, Ikoyi, following a directive by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, he added.

The commissioner, who, as of then, said nobody died in the incident, disclosed that 25 people were rescued from the site.

He said the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) scanned the building with a high-precision 3-D Laser Imagery System for life and found no evidence of anyone trapped in the rubble.

“A roll call has also been done by the site supervisors, with everyone accounted for.

“LASEMA has continued with the excavation of the site, using the architectural designs. The site has also been divided into quadrants for a painstaking search and rescue operation. Presently, quadrants 2 and 3 have been levelled to ground zero, having completed the search operation. Quadrants 1 and 4 are ongoing.”

“Out of the 25 persons rescued by emergency responders, 16 victims who sustained moderate injuries were admitted at the General Hospital, Odan, Lagos Island and at the police hospital at Falomo, for treatment and care.

“Nine others with minor injuries, such as bruises, were treated and discharged at the site by Lagos State Ambulance Services. Of the 16 persons on admission, 11 were taken to the police hospital, Falomo. Eight of the 11 persons have been treated and discharged.

“Some are required to come for daily follow-up and management. Three with various injuries, including blunt traumatic chest injury, knee injuries, deep lacerations and others, are on admission. At the General Hospital Odan, Lagos Island, there are five patients with more serious injuries,” the commissioner stated.

Omotoso said preliminary investigations revealed that the collapse occurred during concrete casting, noting that eyewitnesses said one of the concrete mixer trucks rammed into some load-bearing columns of the building, causing a loud bang and leading to the collapse.

“The building was hitherto sealed by the Lagos State Government for not having the approval to commence construction, but the developers continued to build, hiding under the security of their estate/gated community,” he added.

Omotoso, however, on Friday, announced that a body has been recovered from the rubble of the collapsed building by workers of LASEMA, after search and recovery efforts. 

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