Collapsed Lagos building: Govt to punish offenders

Collapsed Lagos building: Govt to punish offenders

Tough times await culprits in Monday’s collapse of a 21-storey building under construction in Ikoyi, Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said yesterday.

The governor promised that drastic action will follow the report of the panel he raised to probe the “monumental disaster”.

He spoke yesterday at the site after he cut short his trip abroad because of the tragedy.

As of yesterday, the death toll has reached 24. Nine people were rescued alive.

The governor named members of an independent probe panel and gave them a 30-day timeline to submit a report.

He released the names of the survivors, three of whom have been discharged.

Members of the probe panel are Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) President Tayo Ayinde (Chairman); Ekundayo Onajobi (Secretary); Idris Akintilo; Yinka Ogundairo; Godfrey. O. Godfrey and Mrs Bunmi Ibrahim.

According to the governor, an Executive Order will be signed to give legal backing to the panel.

He assured the people that the law would take its full course on whoever is found culpable.

The governor said: “This is a monumental disaster. Mistakes must have been made in the process of developing the collapsed structure.”

He said the bereaved families would be invited to identify their loved ones, latest tomorrow after autopsy would have been conducted.

Sanwo-Olu explained that it was difficult to give an accurate number of workers on-site when the building came down because there was no manifest, and no one, whether the owner, staff, developer or contractor, has come up to provide such information.

“Not having a workers’ manifest clearly contravenes laws guiding construction work,” the governor said and asked the people to visit the information desk set up on-site information about their relatives working on the site could be accessed on www.lagosmind.org/help or a mail sent to help@lagosmind.org.

“My deepest condolences to families and loved ones of people who might have been in this very unfortunate tragic, monumental national loss.

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