According to Newsmen, the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory said it had carried out preliminary test on all buildings constructed by Lekki Gardens in Lagos following recent collapsed of a five-storey building.
Project Director of the agency, Mr Adeoye Adesola, made this known on Wednesday in Lagos in an interview with the Newsmen.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) had told Newsmen that death toll at the collapsed building in Lekki had risen to 34.
Adesola said that the test was ordered by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to ascertain the fitness of all buildings constructed by Lekki Gardens.
The governor had on Tuesday ordered residents in all the buildings constructed by Lekki Gardens to vacate their apartments pending the conclusion of the integrity test.
Adesola said that the agency would conduct further test on all the buildings.
“We are here based on the instruction from the governor that all the buildings here should be tested to know their integrity, and if they are habitable for the occupants.
“The test is on now; people are already carrying out the test, and we still want to work on the sub-soil, so the outcome will be communicated to the governor,” he said.
He said that the test would include testing of the materials used for the construction of buildings in Lekki area, the foundation, soil, and concrete.
However, some occupants of the buildings, who pleaded anonymity, urged the governor to consider their plights and give them more time to evacuate their belongings and relocate to new places.
One of them said, “I moved in here barely two weeks ago and now we are being asked to move out; where do we move to?
“It is very traumatic; the gates are partially locked, we can’t move out with our cars, our freedom and movement are already restricted.
“Please let the governor have mercy on us and give us more time.
“We have had meetings with our agents and settlement of our rent is part of what we discussed.
“It is either our agents relocate us or refund our money,” he said