The authorities of Lagos state have announced the commencement of stability tests on buildings constructed by the Lekki Gardens to ascertain their structural integrity.
A statement issued on Sunday by the acting General Manager of the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory, Rasheed Balogun, said the tests will be conducted on some buildings without sending away the occupants in the Lekki Gardens Estate in order not to cause them distress.
Balogun said the decision to embark on the tests was in line with the directive given by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to ascertain the “liveability status” of all buildings constructed by Lekki Gardens.
The statement read: “There is a test called coring test, which has a partial destructive tendency, while we are also carrying out another test on some buildings called pundit test, which will not cause any damage or make any mark on the buildings.
“The concluding part of the tests will be completed in our laboratory before we now determine the state of these buildings.
“The position of the state government is that any building that is defective and structurally unfit for habitation should be demolished.”
“The life of every Lagosian is important to the government.”
This is just as a building constructed by Lekki Gardens recently collapsed killing no fewer than 35 persons.
The state governor had subsequently ordered that other buildings constructed by Lekki Gardens be made to undergo integrity tests to avoid another collapse.