The Lagos State Government has closed down 45 unapproved schools and buildings on Lagos Island.
Following collapse of a four-storey building at Ita-Faji which killed more than a dozen pupils on Wednesday, officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) descended on the area on Thursday, sealing up and removing illegal and distressed structures and unapproved schools.
The General Manager, LASBCA, Engr. Lekan Shodeinde explained that the sealing up of the illegal buildings within the metropolis became necessary to prevent further disaster.
He said the agency would work with the Office of Education Quality Assurance under the Lagos State Ministry of Education and other relevant agencies of government to achieve conducive, safe and secure environment for learning for children.
Shodeinde vowed that LASBCA would be tough on building owners using residential buildings for commercial purposes without going through proper procedure.
He appealed to Lagosians to help the government by providing information about distressed buildings and illegal construction or conversion within their area of residence.