Building collapse: Lagos Assembly visits site, to summon govt officials


The delegation from the Lagos State House of Assembly with Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat at the scene of the collapsed building.

By Valentine Amanze

The Lagos State House of Assembly will soon summon government officials to answer questions on the collapse of the 21-storey building in Gerald road, Ikoyi, Lagos State on Monday.

This follows a visit to the scene of the tragedy by a team of lawmakers led by the Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, A. Akinsanya.

Akinsanya, who said the team was at the site on the instruction of the Speaker, Dr Mudashiru Obasa, further disclosed that the delegation would present a report on its findings to the House, stressing that those concerned could be invited.

While commending the rescue efforts being carried out by agencies of the state government in collaboration with security agencies and private partners, Akinsanya sympathised with families of victims of the incident.

His words: “I sympathise with the families of those affected and I want them to take heart and look unto God for the strength to bear the tragic incident.

“We have been on the ground for hours and we have seen what has happened. When we get back, we will write our report.

“Mr. Governor has also spoken and given update. On our part, the House will carry out its own function. I am sure the leadership of the House led by Speaker Mudashiru Obasa will set up a committee or panel to look into the report, invite those to be invited and if we have to amend our laws, we will.”

Besides, he prayed that the the tragedy would be the last the state would record.

The delegation had met with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, the head of the Lagos State Emergency Management, LASEMA, Dr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu and other government officials at the scene of the rescue operation.

Members of the delegation include Hon. Rasheed Makinde, Hon. Fatai Oluwa and Hon Femi Saheed.


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