The Ogun State Government has pulled down a block of classrooms at Nazareth High School, Imeko in Imeko Afon Local Government Area of the state.
The building was demolished over the weekend on the instruction of the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.
Recall a part of the building about two weeks ago collapsed on a group of students killing one and injuring two others in the process.
The governor further directed the immediate reconstruction of the demolished block of classrooms.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abiodun, Mr Kunle Somorin, the demolition was supervised by the State Commissioner for Housing, Jagunmolu Jamiu Omoniyi and other top government officials to ensure the exercise was properly carried out.
Further justifying the government decision, the statement disclosed that “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,” the statement noted
The governor also hinted 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 added.