Abiodun demolishes Imeko distressed school building

The Ogun State government has pulled down a block of classrooms at Nazareth High School, Imeko; headquarters of Imeko Afon Local Government Area of the state.

A student was allegedly killed with others injured as part of the building collapsed on a group of students about two weeks ago.

Abiodun, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, said the demolition was supervised by the Commissioner for Housing, Jamiu Omoniyi and other top government officials.

The governor, who slso directed the immediate reconstruction of the block of classrooms said: “all identified highly distressed structures, particularly public buildings like schools, hospitals, maternity or health centres will be tested for their structural integrity and where they fail the integrity test, such buildings will be pulled down and reconstructed.

“The state carried out the demolition of the school building in the larger public interest. The building was discovered to have become weak and could collapse and injure more students if not demolished. We’ll rather pull such weak and aged structures down than allow pupils’ lives to be endangered,”

He assured that no effort would be spared to prevail on owners of weak buildings – whether premises, schools or private residences – to ensure due process and best practices in consonance with the State Building Control Regulations.

“Any building, at all, posing threats to life and property within the state will be pulled down because we cannot compromise citizens’ welfare and wellbeing in the name of managing sub-standard structures and with a view to ensuring better physical planning environment for sustainable development and averting needless loss of lives and properties,” he submitted