A 69-year-old house in the Ososami area of Ibadan has been demolished by the Oyo State Government which claimed that the house has become a threat to residents in and around it.
The state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Strategy, Toye Arulogun, stated that the demolition was a proactive step taken in order to prevent damage to neighbouring structures and loss of life and property.
Arulogun said it was a controlled demolition that became necessary after the 69-year-old- one storey building lost its firmness due to age and fell into disrepair. He added that the state government received distress calls from residents of the area who expressed fears on the possibility of a calamity that could befall them if the house collapsed suddenly.
“We got distress calls from residents of the Ososami area and upon an instruction from Governor Abiola Ajimobi, we immediately swung into action by mobilising all relevant machinery of government and agencies such as the fire service, the police, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, authorities of the local government area and building and physical planning experts.
“When we got there, the building was already tilted to one side. We explained the imminent danger posed by the dilapidated building to the occupants of the house and told them to leave (the building) immediately.
“Some of them were reluctant and they insisted on going back inside the house to pick their belongings.
“However, based on expert advice, the security agents on the ground prevented them from going in to shield them from danger.
“When it became clear that the house had to be demolished in a controlled manner, we put a call through to the owner of the house, one Mr. Osunseyi, who is based in the United States. He consented to the demolition after he was told about the status of the building.” Mr Arulogun added.
The commissioner added that property owners, building professionals and contractors in the state to adhere to standard building procedures, avoid cutting corners and uphold ethics when erecting structures especially if such structures are residential.