Building Collapse: Lagos Stops Approvals For Structures Above Three Floors In Ebute-Metta

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The Lagos State government on Wednesday ordered the immediate stoppage of approval for the construction of building above three floors in Ebute-Metta East and West, in a bid to prevent building collapse in the area.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development in the state, Dr Idris Salako, revealed that the move followed an audit of buildings in the area.

He explained that the low-lying nature of Ebute-Metta and its negative impact on some of the buildings, most of which showed serious defects, made it mandatory for the government to apply special measures to save lives and property.

READ ALSO: Residents In Confusion As Govt Moves To Demolish Distressed Building In Ebute Metta

“The soil and topography, the low water level and effects, as well as the inability of structures in this area to bear loads above three floors were considered in arriving at this decision” the commissioner was quoted as saying in a statement by a spokesperson for the ministry, Mukaila Sanusi.

According to him, the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) has been directed going forward to stop taking applications for approval above three floors in the area.

“To guarantee the safety of lives and property by ensuring that we put a halt to lives being cut short by incidents of building collapse, the government has been compelled to invoke the relevant sections of the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2019, as amended, to address the crisis,” Salako stated.

He called for the understanding of stakeholders in the state, saying the decision was taken in the best interest of the people.

Residents In Confusion As Govt Moves To Demolish Distressed Building In Ebute Metta

 

Some residents were thrown into confusion on Monday as authorities forcibly evict them from their homes in Ebute Metta area of Lagos State.

The government had marked the three-storey building as distressed and issued a 24-hour ultimatum to its occupants to vacate the structure.

Residents in 100 Lagos Street off Herbert Macaulay Way, where the affected building is located, cried for help when government officials moved in with an excavator to conduct a partial-controlled demolition.

While some of the residents in the area said the occupants of the building would be rendered homeless if pulled down, others insisted that it was the right thing to do to avert a reoccurrence of Sunday’s incident.

The atmosphere became tense on Monday morning as officials were about to summarily evict residents who ran helter-skelter to move out of the building.

A photo taken on May 2, 2022, shows a crowd of residents at the front of a distressed building in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State. Channels TV/ Dare Idowu

 

Hours before the eviction notice was served on the residents, Channels Television had reported the collapse of another three-storey building located at No. 38 Ibadan Street off Herbert Macaulay Way in Ebute Metta.

At least eight persons comprising five males and three females were recovered dead from the rubble, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

NEMA’s Zonal Coordinator in the South West, Ibrahim Farinloye, who confirmed this revealed that 23 people have been rescued so far after the structure went down at about 10:56pm on Sunday.

A mother and her child were among those recovered dead from the rubble as emergency officials continued rescue and recovery operations at the site.

Residents watch as officials conduct a rescue operation at the site of the building collapse in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos State on May 2, 2022.

 

They include personnel of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), and the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), among others.

Sunday’s incident is the second building collapse to be recorded in the Yaba-Ebute Metta axis of the state in almost three months.

Another three-storey building collapsed in the Onike area of Yaba on February 13, resulting in several casualties after the developer of the project reportedly returned to the site despite a stop-work order on the structure.

Fire Razes Shanties In Ebute Metta

The scene of the fire in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos on January 5, 2021.

 

Some properties worth millions have been destroyed as fire razed some shanties in the Ebute Metta area of Lagos.

Eyewitnesses said the fire started around 11 on Wednesday morning at the Kano and Coates streets of the Lagos mainland.

Both streets house residential shanties, plank shops as well as sawmills.

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It is however not clear if any life was lost, even as the exact number of homes and shops affected is still sketchy.

However, firefighters and emergency responders have been battling to bring the situation under control.

Many residents of the area were said to have been injured in the inferno.

[PHOTOS] Lagos-Ibadan Standard Guage Rail: Buhari Flags Off Full Commercial Operation

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday inaugurated the commercial operations of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project at the Mobolaji Johnson Railway Station, Ebute Metta, Lagos.

Governors including Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State are present at the event.

Also, Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka; Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Information Lai Mohammed, and several other dignitaries were at the event.

President Buhari described the project as another milestone in the drive of his administration to revitalise the railway system and establish it as a choice mode of transportation for both passengers and freight.

The Ebute Metta Station, known as the Mobolaji Johnson Station, is the largest railway station in West Africa with a holding capacity of 6000 passengers.

The 156km Lagos—Ibadan standard gauge railway line in Lagos is the first double-track standard gauge rail in West Africa.

See photos from the event below…

Fire Guts Warehouses At Iddo Railway Terminal

A fire outbreak has been reported at Iddo terminal, Ebute Metta area of Lagos State.

The incident according to eyewitnesses started on Sunday evening from one of the shanties close to the terminal affecting warehouses and shops closeby.

READ ALSO: Fire Guts Over 90 Shops In Bauchi Market

The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said the fire was caused by a power surge when electricity was restored at shanties behind the terminus.

“While there appears to be no loss of life, the agency is working alongside the Lagos and federal fire services to control the fire and curtail the extensive spread of the flames,” he said.

According to witnesses, the warehouses were filled with flammable items, including candles, which contributed to the inferno.

Many Trapped, Some Feared Dead As Building Collapses In Ebute Metta

 

There are fears that some persons might have died after a building collapsed along Cemetery road, opposite the health centre in Ebute Metta, Lagos.

The 2-storey building which houses shops and residential apartments collapsed just after noon on Friday.

Many persons are said to have been trapped in the rubbles of the collapsed building.

Channels Television gathered that men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) arrived at the scene within fifteen minutes.

The LASEMA officials cordoned off the area swiftly and commenced rescue operations immediately.

READ ALSO: Three Dead, Nine Rescued In Lagos Building Collapse

Lagos has recorded about three cases of building collapse in recent times.

On the 11th of July, three persons died and nine others were injured following a building collapse on Freeman Street, in the Lagos Island area of Lagos State.

Channels Television gathered that the three-story building collapsed in the early hours of Saturday when the occupants were still asleep.

The Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the tragic incident to Channels Television.

According to him, the remains of the dead victims have been transported to the mortuary, while the nine injured are being administered pre-hospital care by the agency.

Oke-Osanyintolu explained that the victims comprise a child and two adults, adding that the agency is moving the ‘unstable’ structure to ground zero.

This to him is based on the safety and stability of residents of the area and indeed the state.

“We were able to rescue nine people alive and we sympathise with the people that lost their loved ones in there. We recovered three bodies. The three bodies that were rescued have been deposited in the mortuary.

“It is pertinent to note that we have served these people for over three months ago. The building controlling agency was there to serve them. The material testing did the needful in terms of doing the integrity test of this structure and it failed,” he said.

In a similar vein, another building partially collapsed in the Ikotun area of Lagos State, on the same day as the incident in the Lagos Island.

The one-storey building was said to house nine shops and 15 rooms.

Fortunately, there were no lives lost or injuries recorded.

According to the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, the building was found to be conspicuously distressed as many cracks were observed on the walls, pillars, and decking.

He said all the occupants were evacuated while the building was cordoned off.

Fire Guts Building In Ebute Metta, Lagos

Image grab from a video sent from an eyewitness on November 8, 2019.

 

A building along Jebba Street in the Okobaba area of Ebutte Meta area of Lagos is currently on fire.

It is unclear what the cause of the fire is and according to an eyewitness, but residents are currently making efforts to put it out.

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The incident comes just days after a building was also gutted by fire in Balogun Market of Lagos Island, destroying goods and property worth millions.

Osinbajo Flags Off Lagos-Ibadan New Rail Project

Yemi Osinbajo Flags Off Lagos-Ibadan New Rail ProjectNigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday performed the ground breaking for the commencement of work on the new Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail project.

It has been another busy day for the Acting President who flew into Lagos State for the commissioning, shortly after swearing-in the new Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.

Speaking at the ceremony which took place at the Nigerian Railway Compound in Ebute Metta, Professor Osinbajo restated the Federal Government’s resolve to revive and modernise rail transportation in order to ease pressure on the nation’s roads.

The Acting President, in statement made by public by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, said: “I am extremely pleased and honoured to be here this morning for the ground breaking ceremony of the Lagos-Ibadan section of the Lagos -Kano standard gauge railway project. This is an epochal moment in our national life in many ways.

“First, it signals the determination of our President and Commander-in- Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, to modernise the national rail system in keeping with his promise to the Nigerian people. If there is a project close to the heart of the president, it is the rail project which he promised the nation upon assumption of office. The President himself made a visit to China, and reopened the negotiations on the Chinese support for this project.

“Second, this ceremony also marks the commencement of our plan to move speedily to improve links between Lagos, which is the national economic nerve centre and major port to other state capitals and towns across the country.

“Thirdly, our ground breaking today reflects the plans of the Federal Government to build a globally competitive economy with first grade infrastructure. The critical role of infrastructure, and for this purpose railways, in this strategy is underscored by our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, as well as the 2016 and 2017 budgets. We have made provisions for matching funds in the 2016 budget to complement the concessionary loans taken from the Peoples Republic of China, and our appreciation goes to the Chinese Government and the Chinese Exim Bank, who are, and have always proved to be reliable partners to Nigeria.

A Boost To Economic Activities

“And some may be aware that we have the entire Lagos-Kano standard gauge track as well as the Lagos-Calabar railway track in the 2017 budget, negotiations on the Kaduna-Kano portion of the track is now completed and this phase is next in line.

“We have already provided our portion for funding Lagos-Calabar rail as well and we expect that negotiations on the foreign component of the funding will be finalised in the next three months and that the Lagos-Calabar project as well will come on stream.

“An active and vibrant railway system confers many benefits on the society and our ultimate goal is to restore a railway-using culture for both commercial and personal transportation. We are confident that the national rail project will create up to half a million jobs and facilitate the movement of over 3.2 million tonnes of cargo per annum.

“It will also reduce the burden on national highways, thus reducing the deterioration of the road network and increasing the lifespan of our roads. Indeed by helping to reduce freight cost, the railway network will support efforts to diversify the economy and enhance our export potential.

“Just as several of our cities are being known as railway towns in the past, we expect a boost to economic activities along the railway lines that will eventually cut across the entire country. To achieve this objectives, the Federal Ministry of Transportation has completed visibility studies for up to 13 routes which has been identified for connecting state capitals and major commercials centres to the rail network. We should begin to see significant activities in this regard very shortly.

Fast And Efficient Train Service

“It is important however, to have viable self-sustaining and self-improving railway service. It should be one that is not reliant on government funding which may not be available at all times. It should be one that could be upgraded and improved over time and not left to decay due to management issues or lack of attention. This is why the Federal Government supports the replacement of the 1955 Railway Act with a legal framework that opens railway projects in the country for greater private sector participation. In this way, we expect to ensure the resources and management to run efficient modern and reliable train services.

“Let me conclude by acknowledging the vigorous and energetic efforts of the Honourable Minister and his team in the Ministry of Transportation to get us to this point. The Honourable Minister of Finance also deserves to be commended for the efficient and competent handling of financial negotiations.

“But I think it bears repeating: that Rotimi Ameachi’s bulldozing approach to ensure that we are here today on this first day of construction so quickly!

“I am confident that we will see the same zeal and result in project executions so that the construction of the railway lines will be completed on schedule. Just for emphasis, as a reminder to our excellent partners and manufacturers CCECC, we are looking forward to a fast and efficient train service between Lagos and Ibadan within the projected time frame, which is on or before December 2018”.

Gov. Ambode Inspects Ongoing Road Projects In Lagos

AmbodeLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday embarked on an inspection of ongoing projects across the state.

Governor Ambode also commissioned the Ipaja-Ayobo and Ikotun-Ejigbo roads where he assured residents that street lights would be installed on the road within three months.

The Governor was accompanied on the tour by some members of the State Executive Council and the inspection began from the Ebute Metta axis of the third mainland bridge.

While speaking, Governor Ambode gave the assurance that the gesture would be extended to neighbouring communities.

Governor Ambode said that his administration is committed to reforming the rural areas by ensuring that the necessary infrastructure are delivered to make life comfortable for residents.

From Ikotun, the Governor visited an ongoing construction work on the popular Brown Street in Oshodi.

Channels National Kids Cup Lagos Preliminaries Enters Crucial Stage

national kids cup2The Lagos preliminaries of season seven of the Channels National Kids Cup is heating up as teams continue to fight for a place at the national finals. St. Paul’s skipper, Afolabi Yusuf produced another spectacular performance in the round of sixteen.

Afolabi Yusuf scored another hat-trick to become the highest goalscorer of the competition.

Day three of the preliminaries featured an intense challenge as last year’s second runners-up, Dr. Teslim Elias, crashed out of the competition. Toyibat, Ebute-Metta, St. Paul and Hopeland impressed and all four have equal chance of making it to the National event.

The first game of the day was the Ikorodu derby between Rockford and Eunifrance. Rockford’s top striker, Jonathan Okepara gave his team the lead in the 7th minute. Two minutes later, Sanni Idris scored the second. It finished 2-0 and ended the campaign of Eunifrance.

The second game between Hopeland and Innercity was a one-sided affair. Five minutes into the game, Kuti Sodiq scored the opener for Hopeland and in the 14th minute, Olagundoye Tobi made it two. In the second half, Asiba Kingsley scored another to give Hopeland an easy 3-0 victory.

Dr. Teslim Elias and Daem played arguably the toughest game of day three. Wahab Habeeb scored an own goal to give Daem the lead, before Sanni toyosi drew level in the 20th minute. Both sides took the game to each other but none could find the back of the net. At the end of regulation time, the scoreline stayed at 1-1 and penalty kicks were played to decide the winner. Daem emerged 3-1 winners in the shoot-out to send Dr. Teslim back to school. Star player Isiaka Adedeji could not control the emotions, he was so hurt by the defeat to his team.

The 4th game at the Onikan Stadium produced a 3-1 victory for Uncle Bayus over Donmen schools. Onabolu Tunisi needed just three minutes to score Uncle Bayus first goal, Adeleye Samuel added the second in the 12th minute while Ademola Samuel sealed victory in the 5oth minute.Afolabi Yussuf

Ebute-Elefun also advanced to the quarter-finals after beating National Primary school 3-1. Last year’s losing finalist, Ebute-Metta did not lose a sweat to beat CMS 5-0 for a place in the last eight.

Defending Champions, Toyibat defeated Ladi-Lak 5-1 to progress. Samuel Idowu netted a hat-trick, Timileyin Ola and Azeez Salami scored one each to ensure a smooth passage into the quarter-finals.

The major talking point of day three of the Lagos preliminaries was the game between St. Paul’s Anglican School and The Tennets. It was an A+ performance from St. Paul’s skipper, Afolabi Yusuf, who scored a hat-trick to give his team a resounding 7-0 victory over their opponents. After the game, Yusuf was given the match ball and spectators asked for a photograph with the rising star.

At the end of day 33, goals were scored with the favourites advancing into the quarter-final stage.

DAY THREE RESULTS

St. Paul Anglican Church 7 The Tenets 0

Ebute-Metta 5 CMS Primary School 0

Ebute-Elefun 3 National Primary School 1

Uncle Bayus 3 Donmen Schools 1

Rockford 2 Eunifrance 0

Toyibat 5 Ladi-Lak 1

Hopeland 3 InnerCity 0

Daem 1 Dr. Teslim Elias 1
(Daem won 3-1 on penalties)

QUARTER-FINAL FIXTURES

Toyibat vs St. Paul Anglican

Hopeland vs Daem

Ebute-Metta vs Ebute-Elefun

Rockford vs Uncle Bayus

VIDEO:NEMA Confirms Three Dead In Lagos Building Collapse

Three people have been confirmed dead after a two story building under construction collapsed at the Ishaga area of Surulere, Lagos state on Sunday.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), initially said that two people died and three others were rescued, but sadly the body of a 13 year old girl recovered from the scene has taken the death toll to three people.

NEMA spokesman in Lagos, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye told Channels Television that the three rescued alive have been rushed to the hospital, with one of them needing to be operated on.

Sunday’s collapse comes barely two weeks after a three-story building located at Olota Street, off Herbert Macaulay Way, Ebute Metta, Lagos collapsed, leaving seven people dead.

7 killed, Others Injured As Building Collapses In Lagos

The death toll in the collapsed three-story building located at Olota Street, off Herbert Macaulay Way, Ebute Metta, Lagos has risen to seven.

Seven others have been rescued from the rumble of the three-story building which collapsed early Thursday morning.

Confirming this to Channels Television, the spokesman of the National Emergency management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, explained that the incident occurred at about 2.35 am, trapping 10 people.

He also confirmed that seven people have been rescued so far, while operations are continuing to rescue the remaining victims.

Eyewitness accounts claim occupants of the building heard some sounds in the building around 1am, prompting all of them to evacuate after noticing some cracks on the wall of the building.

They returned into the building at about 2am, only for the entire structure to collapse shortly after.

The NEMA official added that seven people have been rescued so far, while operations by the police, men of the state fire service and volunteers are continuing to rescue the remaining victims.