- The Isawo community in the Ikorodu area of Lagos is mourning the death of a landlord who was trapped in a collapsed building
- The National Emergency Management Agency has disclosed the probable causes that led to the tragedy
- Many of the documented cases of building collapse in Nigeria are due to the use of defective or substandard building materials
Ikorodu, Lagos state - A pastor identified as Daniel Obasi has died after a two-story building collapsed in the Ikorodu area of Lagos on Tuesday, July 20.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) disclosed that the building, which was under construction, is located at 77 Tapa Road, Oke-Ojo at Isawo community, PM News reported.
The late pastor was said to be the landlord of the collapsed property.
Ibrahim Farinloye, the acting zonal coordinator of the southwest zonal office of NEMA confirmed the incident.
“A two-Storey building under construction collapsed at 77, Tapa Road, OkeOjo Isawo at about 2:30 p. m. today (Tuesday).
“The landlord, Pastor Daniel Obasi, was trapped and the body recovered. The police have taken the body to the morgue of the General Hospital, Ikorodu.''
NEMA explains the cause of the collapse
According to Premium Times, the NEMA official stated that the cause of the collapse was suspected to be an inadequate timeline to allow sand-filled land to compact properly before the commencement of construction.
He also stated that the use of poor building materials as attributed by neighbours, likely contributed to the collapse.
Farinloye noted that several people escaped death as construction was suspended at the site due to the Eid-El-Kabir celebration.
APC commends Buhari for appointing Mustapha Habib as New NEMA boss
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed excitement over the recent appointment of Ahmed Mustapha Habib as the new director-general of NEMA.
Habib, a Business Administration graduate from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, took over from Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Alhaji Muhammad (rtd).
In a congratulatory letter signed by the acting national secretary of the APC, SenatorJohn James Akpanudoedehe, the ruling party thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for considering the new appointee worthy of the position.
Source: Legit Nigeria