By Ezra Odogu
Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has demolished an illegal structure under a powerline, adjacent to Hamed Adebowale Street, Aguda. The General Manager, Mr. Gbolahan Oki, said the building was “a disaster waiting to happen because of the electromagnetic waves from the powerline, which may cause fire outbreak.”
He said the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law does not permit owners/developers to build under high-power electricity cables, and it specifies the distance that should be between a property and a public utility such as the PHCN power lines.?
Oki reiterated government’s commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of Lagosians through identification of illegal and non-conforming structures in the state, especially those built under high-tension wires.
“The safety and protection of lives and property of the citizenry is paramount to the government,” he said.
Oki added: “Owners/developers must ensure their buildings are not erected under powerlines or high tension wires, as such illegality will not be condoned by the government. “LASBCA will intensify its effort to rid the state of illegality in the built environment by ensuring the state building codes are complied with.”