The Lagos State Government has given N200,000 each to 15 families occupying three distressed buildings at Oke-Afa Housing Estate, Ejigbo to vacate their apartments within two weeks.
The occupants of the three-storey buildings were told to vacate the buildings by May 7, 2013 to enable the government to reconstruct the buildings and hand them back to their owners.
The government said 16 buildings had been identified as distressed in the estate after it conducted integrity test on its buildings last year. The test was prompted by the collapse of a two-storey building on November 20, 2012, killing two persons.
General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, who gave out the cheques to the occupants of the flats, said government would not extend the two-week grace because reconstruction must start soon.
He said, “We held several meetings with the association of the estate. This led to integrity test being carried out on buildings here by the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory. The affected buildings were found to be severely distressed and had to be demolished.
“We are giving occupants of the affected buildings N200, 000 to vacate them within two weeks and look for accommodation for one year.
“After the buildings have been reconstructed, they will be handed over to their owners after negotiation.”
President, Oke Afa Housing Estate Landlords Association, Alhaji Abdul-Ganiu Taiwo, said the members were in support of the government’s move to reconstruct the buildings and hand them back to them, saying the exercise was a positive response to the yearnings of the people.
He said, “There are lots of defective buildings in this estate and the government has to come in to carry out integrity test and 16 buildings were affected. Government has promised to rebuild them.”