Wednesday, March 13, 2019 07.40PM /
Ottoabasi Abasiekong for Proshare WebTV
A Three-storey building at 13 Massey Street, Itafaji, Lagos Island collapsed today in what can described as an unfortunate disaster, in Nigeria’s economic capital.
The disturbing fact was that one of the floors in the building was a private nursery/primary school with pupils trapped in the building.
Reports have it that 12 people are feared dead and over 40 people have been rescued and are receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Marina.
Proshare WebTV can report that there was a massive rescue operation by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Lagos State Neighbourhood Watch Group, The Nigerian Police, Lagos State Traffic Management Agency and other related security agencies.
The community spirit witnessed at the scene of the collapsed building was unprecedented as residents in Itafaji offered voluntary services, to scale the rescue efforts.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who visited the scene of the disaster assured aggrieved residents, that all the buildings that have been designated weak will be sealed off.
Eyewitnesses said that the affected Three-Storey building was under warning for the residents to evacuate the place, due to its weak state and failure to pass the building integrity test of the Lagos State Government.
The building had several apartments and also a private nursery/primary school.
Proshare WebTV condoles with the families of the victims and wishing those who were injured speedy recovery.
It also tasks the Lagos State Government to be firm on its Building Integrity Process by ensuring that all buildings that have been classified as weak and dilapidated, are sealed off to avert future disasters.