Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has suspended the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Gbolahan Oki.
This comes after a 21 storey building collapsed at the Ikoyi area of Lagos State on Monday.
This was announced in a statement by Gbenga Omotoso, the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, who owed to find out what went wrong and punish those indicted in the collapsed 21-storey building under construction in Ikoyi, said the State Government will set up an independent panel to probe the collapse of the building.
He said that members of the panel will be drawn from the Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and other professional bodies.
He said; “It will independently investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incident and make recommendations on how to prevent future occurrence. The investigation is not part of the internal probe already being conducted by the government.
“Nine persons – all men – have been pulled out of the rubble alive. They have been taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, 14 others were brought out dead – as at 2pm.
“Mr. Sanwo-Olu thanks all first responders and those who have joined the rescue efforts, including construction giants Julius Berger, Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
“A help desk is to be set up at the site for people seeking information about their relations who may have been involved in the incident.
“The media are hereby notified that the government will be releasing information whenever the need arises to avoid any sensational reporting of the unfortunate incident.”
As of the time of filing this report, 15 persons have been confirmed killed from the collapse, while emergency responders have rescued 10.
Credit: Eons Intelligence
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