More children were rescued from the rubbles of the school building that collapsed at the Itafuji area of Lagos Island in Lagos state on Wednesday.
The state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, who also paid a visit to the scene of the incident, commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in this collapsed building.
The governor also blamed the landlord of the collapsed building on Lagos Island which claimed lives for ‘resisting’ government demolition plan, News Agency of Nigeria reports.
He expressed sadness over the incident, stressing that the marked building for demolition would be pulled down.
He said the collapsed building was a residential house with a school operating illegally.
The governor said the state government would take care of the hospital bills of those injured in the incident.
The governor said the state would investigate the building collapse while ensuring that those marked were pulled down to save lives.
He said integrity test would also be carried out on other buildings in the area.
“As I speak, the deputy governor is now at the General Hospital, Marina, to see all the victims. The state government will take care of the hospital bills. I commiserate with families that lost their dear ones in the building.
“I learnt about 25 persons had been rescued. I appeal to the residents to allow the rescue operators to carry out their work so that more lives can be rescued,” he said.
NAN reports that a teacher, trapped with about 15 pupils under the rubble, called to seek for help, while Julius Berger and other emergency services were on ground to assist in the rescue operation as at 2.48 p.m.
Lagos State Emergency Management Agency has debunked claims that over 100 pupils were trapped in the collapsed building on No. 63 Massey Street, Ita Faaji area of Lagos Island.
General Manager, LASEMA, Mr Adeshina Tiamiyu, speaking at the site of the collapsed building on Thursday morning, said, “I have seen the picture of the building before it collapsed and I can confirm to you that the floor that housed the school cannot accommodate up to 100 pupils.”
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