Group seeks audit of Yinka Ayefele’s demolished property

Cross section of sympathizers during the demolition of the MUSIC HOUSE, a building belonging to popular Juju musician, Yinka Ayefele which houses Fresh FM Station along Challenge-Toll Gate Express Way in Ibadan…yesterday. PHOTO: NAJEEM RAHEEM<br />

The Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) Oyo State Chapter, has warned against the continue use of the partly demolished building in the state which houses a radio station belonging to ace broadcaster and musician, Yinka Ayefele .

The group called for a comprehensive Environmental Impact Audit (EIA) on the building together with required Health, Safety and Environment Audits.

According to the group, comprehensive rehabilitation works should be undertaken to restore the building and after which ‘as-rebuilt’ drawings architectural and structural works should be prepared for documentation and appropriate records.

In a statement signed by the chairperson and Secretary of the association, Oye Sobowale and Kunle Olaoye respectively, BCPG expressed fears that the building risks total collapse which could result in loss of lives and stressed that for whatever function it shouldn’t be used while there should be immediate evacuation of all and sundry from the site.

Mr. Ayefele’s Music House located along Lagos interchange, close to the road leading to Challenge roundabout was partially demolished by the Oyo State government for allegedly flouting the state’s building laws.

BCPG said the demolition has had and is still having significant implications on the safety of the building structure as well as the occupants and the environment hence, it’s not fit for use.

“It is expected that, in line with International Best Practice, immediate and appropriate Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and other measures would be carried out following this action, to avert any collateral untoward development.

It has been noticed however, that in spite of the inherent dangers of insidious ‘Structural Defects’ and progressive deterioration which may culminate in total failure, the building is still being inhabited and utilized in its present condition, thereby constituting a clear and present danger to all concerned”, BCPG stated.

The association emphasized that continued usage of the structure in its present state and in the absence of appropriate checks and measures to give it a clean bill of Structural Health is viewed as unhealthy and unethical in these times.

“BCPG, as a body of concerned stakeholders in the building industry, hereby puts forth the following recommendations; That appropriate approvals be secured for a comprehensive Structural Integrity Test to be carried out on the existing structure and its elements by qualified personnel to ascertain current status as well as give recommendations for proper and effective renovation works, appropriate tests be carried out on all existing electrical, telecommunications and ICT cables to ascertain current status as well as give recommendations for proper and effective renovation works”.

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