The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday, visited the site of the five-storey collapsed building, which killed 35 people in Lekki. To this end, he has ordered occupants in all houses that had been built by Lekki Gardens to vacate their apartments, and also ordered integrity tests to be carried out on the buildings to ascertain their fitness. Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja, said, “The state government will undertake stability tests on all other buildings constructed by the developers in the state, whether occupied or not, to ascertain their structural stability. The developers will pay the cost of the tests. Any building found to be defective will be demolished.
“Also, the state government intends to carry out an audit of all structures in Lagos to ascertain whether they have planning approval or not. The details of this initiative are being finalised and you will be briefed in due course. Let me reiterate that Lagos is open to business, but everybody must comply with the state’s laws and regulations. Our main concern is to continue to improve on the ease of doing business and uphold the rule of law at all times. Those who choose non-compliance and defiance will henceforth face the full weight of the law. In addition, some government officials have been relieved of their duties. I want to assure you that there will no longer be any sacred cows.”