Emergency and rescue personnel are seen at the site of a building which collapsed in Lagos on March 13, 2019. – At least 10 children were among scores of people missing on March 13, 2019 after a four-storey building collapsed in Lagos, with rescuers trying to reach them through the roof of the damaged structure. The children were attending a nursery and primary school on the top floor of the residential building when the structure collapsed. Police said they believed scores of people were trapped under the rubble. (Photo/ AFP)
Members of the South-South Traditional Council of Chiefs Lagos State (SSTRCL) has condoled with the families of those who lost their loved ones in the collapsed building in Ita-Faji area of Lagos Island.
In a statement signed by Chief Godspower Ikpimi and Chiefs Mrs Tammy Wokocha, Secretary-General and Publicity Secretary of the body respectively the group described the incident as tragic.
While praying to God to grant comfort to the bereaved families and grant the repose of the souls of those young ones, it said if the collapsed building, which had been found to be weak, had become demolished and everybody had done what was required of him, the incident would have been averted.
“On its part, government must fast-track demolition arrangements once a building is discovered to be weak and deserves to be pulled down to save lives,” the statement said.
The group equally advised that the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory for Buildings should be strengthened and officers carry out their work appropriately.