FG decries spate of unavoidable disasters


By Ere-ebi Agedah Imisi

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, has decried what she described as the spate of unavoidable disasters in the country, calling on concerned authorities to work assiduously towards risk and disaster reduction.

This, the minister stated in reaction to a building which collapsed on Sunday night in Ebute Metta, Lagos State.

According to her Special Assistant Media, Nneka Anibeze, the minister in a statement on Monday sympathized with the Lagos state government and families of victims who lost their lives in a building adding that it was sad to celebrate Eid El Fitr with the collapse of a three-storey building in Lagos.

It was gathered that the collapsed 3-storey building had been marked for demolition after it showed distress signs but the occupants remained in the structure.

“This is a sad Eid El Fitr celebration with the collapse of a three-storey building in Lagos. I commiserate with the government and people of Lagos state over this tragedy. My prayers go to the families of those who have lost their lives in this collapsed building and rescued victims who were injured in the incident.

“As soon as the news of the building collapse on Ibadan Street, Ebute Metta Lagos broke, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA was activated to respond along with other relevant disaster risk first responders. Unfortunately, many people were trapped in the building and many lives were lost.

“It is also important that those in charge of ensuring the construction of standard buildings in the country ensure that the highest standards are met to avoid these tragedies,” the Minister stated.

The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA who are currently involved in an ongoing joint rescue operation with the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and the Police have since evacuated the 23 survivors while 8 persons reportedly died in the collapsed building.