The candidate of the African Democratic Party (ADP) in March 9th governorship election in Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi has said that measures should be taken to prevent a repeat of yesterday’s building collapse.
A three-storeyed building collapsed at the Itafaji area of Lagos Island on Wednesday.
The building, which housed a private primary school on its second floor, caved in while school was in progress killing at least 12 people, including nine pupils.
Reacting, Gbadamosi called for a thorough and objective inquiry into the collapsed building.
He also condoled with the families of those who died in the unfortunate incident.
He said: “The thought that some parents may have lost their children in the latest building collapse in Lagos state is so tragic, so traumatising.
“It is not enough for us to wail and fling our arms in the air, or ascribe this incident to the will of God.
“The authorities need to conduct a thorough and objective inquiry into this incident, looking meticulously for practical lessons that can be applied immediately to prevent such further occurrence.
“A quick review of all buildings used as public spaces of gathering, whether as schools or malls or event centres, on more than one floor, needs to be undertaken by specialist civil engineers.
“Special equipment should be used to verify the dead-weight carrying capacity of the upper decks of these buildings.
“Once done, existing buildings can be rated for specific kinds of safe uses that will not cause collapse of this kind.
“If the structural strength is too weak, it should be recommended for full or partial demolition, in which case there must be compensation from the government that approved the building plans.
“In the meantime, the government must seek out and find ways to comfort the bereaved as quickly and practically as possible.
“Inquiries must be made about the operator of the school and the owner of the building.
“This simply points us the need for urgent government investment in educational facilities and personnel so that we can provide safe spaces for our children to learn in public schools.
“How does one console the bereaved in these circumstances? Yet, we must as a society, reach out to these brothers and sisters of ours, so they know they are not alone in this.
“We are all mourning. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.”