School Pupils Feared Dead in Lagos Island Building Collapse
Written by Adekoya on March 13, 2019
Rescue operation is underway at the site of a four storey building which collapsed this morning on Massey Street in Ita Faji area of Lagos Island.
Rescue operations are being provided by men of the Federal and Lagos State Fire Services, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Response Unit, National Emergency Management Agency, the Red Cross and the police.
An ambulance from the nearby Massey Street Children Hospital is also on ground to convey people rescued to hospitals.
The third and fourth floors of the building housed the school simply called Aunty Esther while the other floors are said to be residential.
Heavy duty equipment are helping others using bare hands to carry out rescue operation.
It was gathered that the school had more than one hundred and fifty pupils including toddlers in the Day Care section.
Meanwhile, The Lagos State Government says it will foot the entire bills of all rescued victim of the building collapse at Ita faji area on Lagos Island.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode stated this when he visited the scene of a three-storey building which collapsed and commiserated with families of victims who lost their lives, most of whom are children.
Governor Ambode, who got to the scene of the incident at about 2:42pm, described the incident as unfortunate, however, appealed to residents to allow rescue operators the space to carry out their operations without any hinderance, so as to rescue more children still trapped under the rubbles.
The Governor said his Deputy, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, had also visited the hospitals where some of the victims rescued had been taken to,
Giving a brief of the situation, the Governor said he had received information that the building was a residential one, with the school operating illegally within the premises, adding that about two floors of the building sunk to the ground.He said most of the buildings in the area had been marked for demolition, but that some property owners in the area defy such notices, assuring that going forward, structural defective buildings would be demolished.
Governor Ambode also said that a full scale investigation would be carried out immediately rescue operations are concluded, vowing that those found culpable would be severely dealt with in accordance with the relevant laws.He assured that rescue operations would continue until all victims are rescued, adding that the General Officer Commanding 81 Division and the Brigade Commander were on ground to maintain peace and ensure smooth rescue operations.
The President, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools Lagos State, Alhaji Wasiu Adumadeyin disowned the school saying the owners are not members of the Association.