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North-West governors visit Ikoyi building collapse site

Governors from the North-Western part of Nigeria have visited the site of a 21-storey building that collapsed in Ikoyi, Lagos on November 1.

The building, still under construction, collapsed, trapping workers on site. 45 dead bodies were recovered.

The North-West Governors Forum is represented by its chairman and Kastina State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari and his Kano State counterpart, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for setting up a Tribunal of Inquiry into the collapsed building.

“We are here representing governors of North West to physically come to condole with his Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, families of the deceased, and the entire Lagos community on the unfortunate incident that has happened,” Masari said.

“We pray to God that this kind of thing will not happen again. On behalf of the people of North West, accept our sincere condolences and sympathy. We cannot escape high-rise buildings in Lagos but we must ensure that it does not cost the lives and properties of people. We are happy that the Governor of Lagos State has instituted an inquiry tribunal that will unravel what happened here.”

“Lagos is a megacity. Comparing it to other megacities in the world and considering the circumstances of Lagos due to lack of adequate land for development, increase in population and high density, the issue of building high rise is absolutely necessary and cannot be avoided. But it is unfortunate that we have found ourselves in what happened.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu, while responding, thanked the North-West governors for commiserating with the government and people of Lagos State over the Ikoyi collapsed building.

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