The Lagos State Government has urged residents to remain calm following the collapse of a 21-story skyscraper under construction on Gerrard Road in Ikoyi today. On the scene, the Lagos Rescue Unit (LRU), Lagos State Fire Service, and Lagos State Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS) are struggling to save individuals trapped beneath the rubble.
Even as efforts to save more lives continue, three people have been rescued. Governor Sanwo-Olu has called for a probe into the event.
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, has visited the site in the company of other officials, including the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako; Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Bamgbose- Martins; Special Adviser on Urban Development, Mr. Ganiyu Adele Ayuba; Special Adviser, GIS and Physical Planning, Dr. Olajide Babatunde; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mrs. Abiola Kosegbe as well as General Manager, LASEMA Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu.
The Deputy Governor directed security agents to cordon off the site to facilitate rescue efforts. The General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, Arch. Gbolahan Oki, was also at the scene assessing the site for any likely damage to the surrounding structures.
A report of the investigations will be made public in due course. Gbenga OmotosoHC, Information & Strategy