By Monsuru Olowoopejo
Lagos State Government has disclosed that the collapsed three-storey building on Massey Street caved in due to addition of more structures on existing building.
The State Government added that the building, which was marked as distressed in 2017, experienced foundation failure when the bearing capacity of the soil could
not sustain the added structures on the building.
General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) Olalekan Shodeinde, Wednesday, disclosed that occupants of the building had been evacuated two years ago.
Shodeinde hinted that but few months ago, the recalcitrant owner renovated the building, added more structures and let it out without carrying out thorough engineering appraisal and integrity test on the structure.
He said: “The additional load of penthouse imposed on the distressed structure added to the design capacity and loading being transferred through the structural members made the building heavier than the capacity of the soil which is the ultimate load bearer.
The General Manager, who was represented at the collapsed building scene by the Agency Secretary, Mr.Tayo Fakolujo, said that the present administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is aimed at achieving zero tolerance to incidences of collapsed buildings.