Governors of North-Western states in Nigeria, on Wednesday, paid a condolence visit to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, over the 21-storey collapsed building on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi which took the lives of over 45 people on November 1.
The North West Governors Forum represented by its chairman and Kastina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, and Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, the Kano State Governor, sympathised with the people of the state and family members of those who died in the collapse.
Masari and Ganduje lauded the Lagos State Governor for setting up a Tribunal of Inquiry to unravel issues surrounding the incident.
Governor Masari said, “We are here representing governors of North-West to physically come to condole with Governor Sanwo-Olu, families of the deceased and the entire Lagos community on the unfortunate incident that has happened.”
“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,” he said.
“We cannot escape high rise buildings in Lagos but we must ensure that it does not cost 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,” he added.
The Kano State Governor, in his remark, also commended Sanwo-Olu for taking immediate action to show concern during the building collapse.
“We are here to condole with the people and the government of Lagos State and in particular, condole with families of those who lost their lives and sympathise with them on the very unfortunate situation.
“Lagos is a mega city. 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.
“We are happy that the governor has taken immediate action to show concern about what happened. We are also happy that he appointed an independent technical panel that will examine and find out what actually happened in order to avoid future occurrences.
“We appreciate Governor Sanwo-Olu’s effort and condole with him and the people of Lagos state, particularly the families of those who lost their lives,” Ganduje said.
The Lagos State Governor, in his response, thanked the governors for commiserating with the state government and people of Lagos State over the unfortunate incident.
Sanwo-Olu, who noted that Lagos is facing its own issues as a state, with lessons learnt already from the sad incident, said it gladdens him “to know that while Lagos is grieving, we are not alone.”
“That is why I am excited and happy that some of my senior colleagues and brothers have come here to express solidarity and to also sympathise with the government and people of Lagos State,” he said.