The Lagos State Government has released the official figures of pupils and adult who died in Wednesday’s collapsed building on Lagos Island. At a news conference at the Lagos Island General Hospital today, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris disclosed that 20 children and adult died in the collapsed building.
The commissioner also disclosed that 43 people were rescued alive and were receiving treatment. Consequently, the State Government has shutdown forty-five unapproved schools and distressed buildings on Lagos Island.
The General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, Engineer Lekan Shodeinde stressed that the sealing up of the illegal buildings within the metropolis became necessary to prevent further occurrence of calamities. The government has also begun the demolition of distressed buildings on Lagos Island.
Shodeinde stated that the era of illegal conversion of buildings will soon be a thing of the past as the Agency will come out hard on all building owners using residential buildings for commercial purposes without going through proper procedure.
The General Manager, however, appealed to all Lagosians to work together with the government by informing the agency about distressed buildings and illegal construction or conversion within their area of residence.