The Lagos state governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has described the collapse of the three-storeyed building at Ìta-Fàájì, Lagos Island as “one tragedy too many”.
The building, which housed a private primary school on its second floor, collapsed yesterday morning while school was in progress killing at least 12 people, including nine pupils.
Reacting, Sanwo-Olu, in a statement, condoled with the families of those who died in the unfortunate incident.
He also hailed the state government for their swift response to the incident.
He said: “My deep condolences go to the families of the children who lost their lives in the unfortunate building collapse that happened at Ita Faji in Lagos Island.
“This is one tragedy too many, given that most of the victims are school children. I urge people to cooperate with officials working on rescue efforts.
“My prayers are with the affected families and the school management. While emergency workers are making frantic efforts to clear the rubble and rescue more victims, I urge residents to join hands with the government in any way possible to reduce fatalities and lessen attendant trauma of the incident.
“I am in support of the action being taken by the government and I urge every resident to show spirit of compassion inherent in our community.”