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Residents Trapped As 3-Storey Building Collapsed In Lagos

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Akin Olayemi



A 3 storey building on Sunday, May 1, has collapsed in Ibadan street, East of Lagos Mainland area of Lagos state.
Several occupants were trapped in the building as emergency responders make frantic efforts to rescue occupants from the debris.

So far, two persons have been confirmed dead while 23 others sustained various degrees of injuries and are receiving treatments at the Lagos State University TeachingHospital, LASUTH.

According to a resident, Ridwan Tinubu,over 500 residents in Lagos Mainland have lost their lives in collapsed building between 1985 and 2022.

Giving statistics of building collapse that have so far been recorded in the district, he said, “By statistics unfortunately, Lagos Mainland is never been favoured in the ranking of area with less building collapse over the years. Historical analysis has made it significantly clear that building collapse recorded in 1985 and 1996 – in Ipronri (Western Avenue now Funsho Williams Avenue), 2004 – A building Collapse at 22, Makurdi street, Ebute meta, on 18 July 2006, we experience the TITANIC as popularly known by writers and structural engineers across the country, 3 July 2011, we had a building collapse at Oloto street off cemetery, 11 July 2013 we had another oloto street building collapse, 15 July 2015 another Oloto street building collapse, 2 November 2017- a 4-strorey building collapse in Herbert Macaulay way, 24 july 2020, A-2 Storey building at 95, cemetery road opposite health centre,May 2020 3-Storey building at 6, Olonode street and many more which I may not be able to cover here and that of today 1 May 2022.”

According to him, over 500 residents have lost their lives in the building collapse incidences in the locality.
He said, “The said building collapse which has engulfed our locality over the years have claimed lives of over 500 people leaving many injured, disabled and hundred displaced. This is sadden and makes my heart bleeds! Because the essence of Government is to protect life and properties which makes it comes to my mind to raise the question of *DO WE REALLY HAVE A REPRESENTATIVES IN GOVERNMENT?.”

He added, “By law, the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) is the institution of state saddled with the responsibilities of ensuring that every structures in the state are given approval and monitoring to ensure compliance with standards, this we all know is not adequate or rather functioning, what we only witness is the members of the agency going around to seal building and afterwards it is unsealed when brown envelops have change hands leaving the ordinary man at risk! WE MUST STOP THIS MENACE THROUGH OUR REPRESENTATIVES IN GOVERNMENT.

I call on every well-meaning resident of Lagos Mainland to join hands in condemning the frequent collapse of buildings in our locality, Lagos state and other parts of the country and the attendant loss of lives and investments. I call on our representatives in government to work in synergy with relevant building agencies to work concertedly to check this menace. I urge the Lagos Mainland Local Government to muster the political will to not only report but prosecute the developers of all collapse buildings and other people involved in the approval of the building plans. This is the time government must bare its fangs and deal with those responsible for recurring building collapse in the state.”

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