Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to carry out integrity tests on school buildings that are up to three floors and above. This is for both public and private schools.
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Mukaila Sanusi, titled ‘School collapse: Sanwo-olu orders integrity test on school buildings above two floors’.
This order followed the collapse of a school building at Ejigbo on Saturday.
According to the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, the move became necessary in order to ascertain the structural integrity of all school buildings above two floors with a view to preventing future occurrence of school building collapse in the state.
He assured that the ministry will immediately swing into action in order to actualize the state government’s aim of saving lives and property, especially as schools resume after a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that the ministry would soon come up with the guidelines and procedure for the integrity test on public and private schools whose buildings fall within the stated range.