Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Collapse Of Nigerian School Building Leaves At Least 10 Dead

Collapse Of Nigerian School Building Leaves At Least 10 Dead

Lagos Governor Akinwuni Ambode, who visited the site hours after the building collapsed, said the school had been set up illegally and that buildings in the area had been undergoing structural testing prior to the accident.

Twenty people have been confirmed dead in the collapse of a building housing a nursery and primary school in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos, the authorities said on Friday.

NEMA has said that 37 people were rescued alive.

According to a social media report, a man who managed to pay the school fees of three of his kids ended up losing them when they attended the school on the day of the incident after two weeks of being absent due to his inability to pay their school fees.

Many high-rise buildings being used for commercial purposes are not properly strengthened, making collapses more likely, he added.

Kayende said the Lagos state ministry of health was checking with hospitals and once they had finished counting those dead the details would be made public.

A body of a child is recovered from the rubble of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday March 13, 2019.

"They didn't given them any time". Some buildings deemed by state government officials to be uninhabitable were renovated by landlords seeking rent, they said.

People help rescue teams at the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos Nigeria Thursday
People help rescue teams at the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos Nigeria Thursday

Building collapses are tragically common in Lagos and elsewhere in Nigeria, because of the use of sub-standard materials and the non-enforcement of building regulations.

In 2016, at least 60 people were killed when the roof collapsed at a church in the southern city of Uyo.

Some 84 South Africans were among 115 people killed in 2014 after a guesthouse located within the church of prominent religious leader, TB Joshua, collapsed.

LASBCA's Fakolujo told reporters most of the buildings had been the subject of long-running court cases, which meant they could not demolished.

"I live here, me and my family", he said, with tears in his eyes.

One local resident who witnessed the moment of collapse said there was no warning.

"His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has given a directive to go ahead and remove over 80 structures in Lagos island before the end of the month and we are doing them in phases and today, we are removing three and I assure you that life would be better for Lagosians and the security and safety of Lagosians is eminent in the heart of the governor. My children will come back now and see, my wife is not home". We can not stay there tonight, we will find somewhere else.

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