The Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory, LSMTL, on Tuesday started integrity assessment of government-owned buildings in the state secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, said the exercise was in line with the provisions of the state building law which stated that the government must also comply with building specifications the same way private building owners do.
Ogunleye, who spoke at the inauguration of the exercise in Alausa, said the first phase of the non-destructive test would be carried out on 49 government-owned structures in Alausa and the old secretariat on Oba Akinjobi Way, Ikeja.
The commissioner said, “Upon the completion of the test on the buildings, officials of the LSMTL and the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA will move to the entire metropolis to ascertain the liveability or otherwise of structures in the state.
“The intention of the government is to guarantee the safety of lives and property of residents of the state. The government will continue to take proactive steps that will prevent loss of lives instead of reacting to building collapse.”
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, said if the government could subject its buildings to assessment by its agency, no individual had any reason to resist such tests.
The General Manager of LSMTL, Olalekan Ajani, said buildings needed to be periodically checked and maintained.
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