- The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has expressed sadness over the Itafaji Lagos building collapse of Wednesday, March 13
- Adams says his heart bleeds at the number of casualties recorded in the building collapse
- According to Adams, many of the buildings in Lagos, particularly, on the island, are old and dilapidated.
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has said his heart bleeds at the number of casualties recorded in the Itafaji Lagos building collapse.
The three-storey building, which had a school on one of its floors, caved in on Wednesday morning, March 13, leaving no fewer than 20 persons, including children, dead, and many injured, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Adams, in a statement, expressed sadness over the death of children in the building, and sympathised with the families of the victims.
He said: “I feel sad that the lives of many of those promising adults and young pupils could be cut short in such manner. It is sad. My heart bleeds at the number of casualties.
“The sorrow I feel now is overwhelming, seeing the way they were being evacuated from the rubble of the building.
“We cannot continue to experience all these happenings in Lagos state, cases of building collapse should be addressed holistically to forestall future occurrences.
“At the same time, there is need for the state government to address the issue of building collapse urgently in the state, it is becoming too frequent. There should be standard in what we do as a people.
“That is how it is done in other climes. Many of the buildings in Lagos, particularly, on the island, are old and dilapidated.
“Meanwhile, those contractors building the new ones, most times, use substandard materials, and nobody blinks an eye."
Adams also expressed concern on the standard of education in the state, saying private schools located in a residential apartments are of no standard.
He queried: “Of what standard are schools located in residential apartments?”
Adams advised the state government to step up in building of low-cost and affordable houses, so that residents would live comfortably.
He said: “Government must also ensure that private schools in the state are duly registered and that they are located in befitting and conducive environment."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported witnesses and hospital sources said that a pregnant woman, the proprietor of the nursery/primary school and 19 others, including no fewer than 12 pupils died in the collapsed building at Massey Street, Itafaji, Lagos Island, on Wednesday, March 13.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said eight persons died, while 34 others were rescued in the wreckage of the building that collapsed at about 10am.
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