The North-West Governors’ Forum has sent a delegation to Lagos to condole with their colleague, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the people of Lagos over the Ikoyi collapsed building in which forty-five persons were killed and fifteen others survived with various degrees of injury early this month.
The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Kastina State, Alhaji Aminu Masari and his Kano State counterpart, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, who came to Lagos on behalf of others were taken to the site of the collapsed building on Gerrard road in Ikoyi by Governor Sanwo-Olu in company of a former Governor of Kano State, Senator Kabiru Gaya and some top government officials as well as the Chairman of the panel set up to investigate the cause of the collapse.
Addressing newsmen at the site, both Governors Ganduje and Masari who noted that as a mega city with limited land mass, Lagos cannot do without high rise buildings commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for setting up the panel of Inquiry to unravel issues surrounding the collapsed building.
“We pray to God that this kind of thing will not happen again. On behalf of the people of North West, accept our sincere condolences and sympathy. We cannot escape high rise buildings in Lagos but we must ensure that it does not cost lives and properties of people” Governor Masari said
On his part, Governor Ganduje explained that: “We are here to condole with the people and the government of Lagos State and in particular, condole with families of those who lost their lives and sympathise with them on the very unfortunate situation. Lagos is a mega city. Comparing it to other megacities in the world and considering the circumstances of Lagos due to lack of adequate land for development, increase in population and high density, the issue of building high rise is absolutely necessary and cannot be avoided. But it is unfortunate that we have found ourselves in what happened”
“We are happy that the Governor has taken immediate action to show concern about what happened. We are also happy that he appointed an independent technical panel that will examine and find out what actually happened in order to avoid future occurrences. We appreciate Governor Sanwo-Olu’s effort and condole with him and the people of Lagos state, particularly the families of those who lost their lives.”
Thanking his colleagues for commiserating with the government and people of Lagos State over the sad incident, Governor Sanwo-Olu said he was glad to know that Lagos is not alone at this time.
He said: “We have had various degrees of tribulations and very difficult moments for us as a state and there have been lessons learnt. We are all aware of the investigation into the collapsed building.
It gladdens me to know that while Lagos is grieving, we are not alone”
The 21- floor building which was under construction had collapsed on November 1, trapping an unknown number of persons, including the owner.