As rescue operations continue at the location of yesterday collapsed building at Gerard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State Government has restated its determination to ensure that as many people as possible are rescued alive from the rubble.
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat disclosed this today while speaking with journalists and relatives of the victims during the monitoring of the ongoing search and rescue operation by agencies of government.
The Deputy Governor who was accompanied to the site by top government officials, said the focus of government for now is to ensure that the ongoing rescue operation yields positive result such that those still trapped in the rubble are brought out alive.
Dr. Hamzat disclosed that so far, nine people have been rescued alive and taken to the hospital while ten dead bodies have been recovered. Out of the nine survivors, three have been discharged from hospital while six are in stable condition and are doing well, adding that the focus of the operation right now is to rescue those that are trapped.
He also stated that it will be difficult for now to ascertain the number of the trapped victims noting that the building is still under construction and not yet occupied.
Besides, he hinted that the project site was sealed up for four months by the relevant agency when it was discovered that there were some anomalies in the construction process, and the developer was directed to correct the observed anomalies.
He added that other adjourning buildings in the premises will be subjected to the Structural Integrity Test and if errors are found, appropriate action would be taken.
He however restated that the state government would not relent in its effort at ensuring that buildings under construction in the state are subjected to structural Integrity Test to prevent issues of building collapse in the state.
The Deputy Governor and other top government officials later visited the Lagos General Hospital, Marina where the survivors were being treated.