Building Collapse: Tinubu commiserates with victims’ families

Building Collapse: Tinubu commiserates with victims’ families

- Former Lagos state governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has commiserated with the families of victims of the Lagos building collapse

- A three-storey building on Wednesday, March 13, collapsed in the Itafaji area of Lagos Island, killing scores of school children

- Tinubu says the schoolchildren did not deserve to die the way they did

The national leader of the Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said the children who died in the building collapse in Lagos Island on Wednesday, March 13, did not deserve to die the way they did, describing the incident as tragic.

Tinubu, in a condolence message made available by his media adviser, Tunde Rahman, in Lagos on Thursday, March 14, commiserated with the families of the victims, praying that God would comfort them and grant repose of the souls of the young ones.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some school pupils were among those that lost their lives after a three-storey building located on Massey Street, in Ita-Faji, Lagos Island, collapsed on Wednesday, March 13.

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Legit.ng gathers that the school of the pupils was located on one of the floors of the building.

Aside the dead, many other persons injured were rescued from the rubble and taken to different hospitals for treatment.

Tinubu said: “The building collapse in Ita-Faji, Lagos Island on Wednesday is a tragic occurrence. I commiserate with the families of those children who lost their precious lives.

“They do not deserve to die the way they did. May God comfort their families and grant repose of the souls of those young ones.

“If after the collapsed building had been found to be weak and marked for demolition and everybody had done what was required of them, perhaps this terrible incident would have been averted.

“On its part, the government must fast-track demolition arrangements once a building is discovered to be weak and deserving of being pulled down to save lives."

Tinubu also said that the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory for buildings should be strengthened and the officers should carry out their work appropriately.

According to him, government’s laid down regulations on building construction and maintenance must be faithfully respected and enforced.

He said: “To mobilise support for these regulations, community development associations need to come to government’s aid.

“Above all, we must all take appropriate lessons and learn from this sad incident."

The former Lagos state governor urged the state government to ensure adequate medical treatment for the rescued victims.

He also appealed to residents to voluntarily donate blood not only for victims who urgently require blood but also to improve the blood bank in the state.

Tinubu added: “While we await the inquiry into the circumstances that led to the incident, we must all support government’s efforts."

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Legit.ng previously reported that an undisclosed number of children of a primary school were said to have been killed after a three-storey building collapsed in Lagos state on Wednesday, March 13.

Other persons were believed to be trapped in the debris of the collapsed structure which was reportedly housing a primary school on the top floor.

The building located at the Itafaji area of Lagos Island was reported to be a residential building with several apartments.

The building collapse was also confirmed by Kehinde Adebayo, the spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency.

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Source: Legit.ng

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