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07 November 2019

Balogun market fire: Sanwo-Olu assures affected traders of govt support

The Lagos State Government says there is the need for total regeneration of Lagos Island to prevent incidents that could endanger the lives of residents.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said this when he visited the five-storey building completely razed at Balogun Market in Lagos Island on Tuesday.

Sanwo-Olu said that the move to regenerate the area would include meeting with owners of some abandoned high-rise buildings dotting the area for possible use of the property.

According to him, government would conduct integrity test on all buildings in the Central Business District in Lagos Island and re-visit the regeneration master plan designed by the previous administrations.

He urged families that owned property on the Lagos Island to support the move.

Sanwo-Olu condemned the hazardous and unsafe conditions created by some traders who used heavy generating sets on topmost floors of multi-storey buildings in the market.

He said that the integrity test to be conducted on the buildings would ensure enforcement of structural codes to prevent traders from creating conditions that would endanger lives and property.

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