Finally, Commissioner in Powerful Southwest State Resigns Over Reoccurring Collapsed Buildings

Finally, Commissioner in Powerful Southwest State Resigns Over Reoccurring Collapsed Buildings

  • Shortly after a 7-story building collapsed in Lekki, the commissioner for physical planning and urban development in Lagos, Idris Salako resigns
  • The tragic incident was said to have occurred on Sunday, September 4, leaving six persons trapped and four others confirmed dead
  • Meanwhile, the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu has accepted the resignation of the embattled commissioner

Amid the incessant rate of collapsed buildings in Lagos state, Dr. Idris Salako, the commissioner for physical planning and urban development has resigned from his position, PM News reported.

This comes after months of agitation and backlash from concerned Nigerians seeking his removal following a series of collapsed building incidents in the state.

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The embattled Idris Salako is reported to have been indicted by a panel set up by Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu to investigate the 21-storey building collapse in Ikoyi. Photo: UGC
Source: UGC gathered that under Salako’s supervision as commissioner, the state witnessed the collapse of a 21-story building in Ikoyi in 2021 which led to the death of over 45 persons and others sustaining fatal injuries.

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According to TheCable, another recent incident occurred in Lekki where a 7-story building also collapsed leaving four people dead and six others trapped.

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Similarly, a three-story building collapsed somewhere in Ebute with eight people losing their lives in the tragic incident.

Amid all these incidents, reports have that Salako was indicted by a committee set up by the state government to investigate and make inquiries about the infamous 21-story building that collapsed in Ikoyi.

Sanwo Olu accepts Salako's resignation vows to reform ministry

Meanwhile, the Lagos state government has accepted Salako’s resignation from his position as a commissioner.

This was made known by the state’s commissioner for information and strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.

Omotoso in a statement issued on Monday, September 5, disclosed that Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu accepted the resignation stating that it is the introductory part of the new reforms about to take place in the ministry.

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The statement reads:

“Governor Sanwo-Olu thanks the Commissioner for his services to the State and wishes him success in his future endeavors.
“The Governor warns all players in the sector to respect the law or face the consequences of any indiscretion, no matter who the perpetrators are.”

Tragedy struck in southwest state as building collapse, kill 2 children

Late in August, reported that residents of Bariga in Lagos state have been thrown into mourning following a gruesome incident.

Two persons were confirmed dead and three others seriously injured following the collapse of a bungalow building.

A water tanker was reported to have fallen off from a two-story building and rammed into the bungalow.

Kano releases names of victims trapped in collapsed building

Meanwhile, the Kano state government has released the names of the rescued eight victims of the three-story building that collapsed on Tuesday, August 31.

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The tragic incident was said to have claimed one life while a rescue worker also died while on duty.

However, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has revoked the land on which the collapsed building was erected.


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