Speaking against the backdrop of the collapse of a three-storey building in Lagos Island, All Progressives Congress National Leader, Bola Tinubu, has admonished the Lagos State government to fast-track the demolition of buildings marked as structurally unfit.
Investigations by experts revealed that over 1000 structures Lagos Island were distressed. It has also been recommended that those structures should be earmarked for demolition as a matter of urgency, otherwise, more building collapse will be witnessed.
Tinubu said that the children who died in Wednesday’s building collapse on Lagos Island did not deserve to die the way they did, describing the incident as tragic.
In a condolence message made available by his Media Adviser, Mr Tunde Rahman, on Thursday, Tinubu, commiserated with the families of the victims, praying that God would comfort them and grant repose of the souls of the young ones.
The three storey building at Ita Faji, on Lagos Island which collapsed on Wednesday, housed a primary school. Some school pupils were among those who lost their lives.
Aside from the dead, many other persons were injured. The injured were taken to different hospitals for treatment.
Tinubu said, “The building collapse in Ita-Faji, Lagos Island on Wednesday is a tragic occurrence. I commiserate with the families of those children who lost their precious lives.
“They do not deserve to die the way they did. May God comfort their families and grant repose of the souls of those young ones.
“If after the collapsed building had been found to be weak and marked for demolition and everybody had done what was required of them, perhaps this terrible incident would have been averted.
“On its part, the government must fast-track demolition arrangements once a building is discovered to be weak and deserving of being pulled down to save lives,” he said.