Sanwo-Olu orders demolition of three buildings in Banana Island

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the demolition of three buildings in Banana Island.

Sanwo-Olu gave the order on Saturday during an inspection tour in and around Banana Island.

The order followed the collapse of a 7-storey building under construction in the area last week.

At 310 Close, Governor Sanwo-Olu ordered the demolition of a two-storey building because it is an illegal structure without approval.

Also at 306 close , the governor ordered the removal of anither two two-storey buildings adjacent to each other because they are being constructed under the powerline and under water.

The governor said: “We are at the site of the last unfortunate building collapse in Banana Island Lagos and I am sure you have all gone round and seen the site. Like it has been reported before now, there has been a lot of investigation that is going on right now and you can see that they are still clearing the rubbles at the site.

“We have given an order to stop work, not only at this site but also in all of the construction sites in Banana Island.

“I think that the exercise we are doing today is not really just about this location. You have all seen the extent of what I will call unapproved extension into the water, at the back of each of the land that is aborting a water. You can see that the original line for Banana Island is even not where we are. It’s way in front there and you can see that there are several extensions that have been granted by both the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and National Inland Waterways Authority.

“These are the two federal agencies that have been culpable for those extensions.”
Sanwo-Olu said the extensions have been done without the knowledge of Lagos State government.

“From what I have been told, all of the four buildings at the back have never even applied for approvals. The legality is real and so that is why we are going round other properties in Banana Island.

“Excuses have been given that they don’t have access and this is not acceptable. This is a total recklessness of all of the developers and we will make a strong point out of this place and all around Banana Island and in other developments that we have. “The officers that will also be similarly found culpable will also be sanctioned, if any.”

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