Lagos Building Collapse : Nine Rescued Alive, 14 Dead - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Lagos Building Collapse : Nine Rescued Alive, 14 Dead

·     ••• Sanwo-Olu Orders LASBCA GM’s Suspension

•••Deputy Governor visits site

The Daily Crucible | Published Wednesday, November 3, 2021

The Lagos State Government has said that it would set up an independent panel to probe the collapse of the 21-storey building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi. 

Members of the panel will be drawn from the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and other professional bodies.

However, nine persons - all men - have been pulled out of the rubble alive and taken to the hospital while 14 others were brought out dead – as of 2pm.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, made this known in a statement on Tuesday. 

Omotoso  added that panel would independently investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incident and make recommendations on how to prevent future occurrence. 

According to him, the investigation is not part of the internal probe already being conducted by the government.

Meanwhile,  governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the government will surely find out what went wrong and punish those indicted.  

The Governor has also directed that the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Mr. Gbolahan Oki, an architect, be suspended from work immediately.

Gbolahan's suspension is indefinite even as more equipment and personnel have been deployed in the site to save more lives.

The governor commended all first responders and those who joined the rescue efforts, including construction giants Julius Berger, Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

A help desk will be set up at the site for people seeking information about their relations who may have been involved in the incident.

The government pledged to  release information to the media whenever the need arises to avoid any sensational reporting of the incident.

The Deputy Governor, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, was sighted at the site  encouraging rescuers and comforting relations of those trapped in the rubble. 

Dr. Hamzat left the site for the Lagos Island General Hospital to see the survivors.

The government will embark on further foundation and borehole acidic level tests to ascertain the impact on the collapsed building. 

The government explained that those tests, particularly the borehole acidic level, is important for the entire Gerrard Road and adjoining areas.

"We wish to state that there will be no cover-up in the search for the truth in this incident. If anybody is found to have been indicted, he or she will face the law.

"It is important to restate that all developers and property owners are required to adhere strictly to all Building Codes and Planning Regulations to ensure the safety of lives and property.  Those who ignore such regulations, breaking seals and defying enforcement, will surely be prosecuted," the government stated. 

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