The main headlines of the mainstream Nigerian newspapers for Thursday, March 14, 2019 are focused on the school building collapse at Ita-Faaji, Lagos Island, as rescue continues.
Nigerian Newspaper, The Nation, reports that no fewer than 18 persons died yesterday when a four-storey building collapsed on Lagos Island. Forty-one others were injured.
The incident occurred at No 14, Massey Street, Opposite Oja, Ita-Faaji.
The building, housing Ohen Private Nursery and Primary School on its third floor, caved in at about 10:20am, trapping scores of pupils.
Lagos state commissioner for health, Jide Idris, who confirmed the casualty figure, said many of the rescued were taken to Lagos Island General Hospital, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), among others.
The Guardian reports that the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) Olalekan Shodeinde confirmed that the building was indeed marked for demolition. But he explained that the owner stubbornly pressed on with modifications and let out the structure.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who visited the scene also said: “As you can see, some of the buildings have been marked for demolition. We get resistance from landlords. We will intensify efforts to see that occupants of those (buildings) that failed our integrity test are evacuated then we will bring such structures down."
The Punch reports that reacting to the incident, President Muhammadu Buhari said he was extremely saddened by the collapse of the building, which claimed lives, including school children.
He condoled with the families of the victims and the Lagos state government, and wished those who were injured speedy recovery.
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