Friday, 16 December 2011

People trapped as Ministry of Environment building, Alausa ikeja Lagos Nigeria collapsed

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As the sad news emerged yesterday afternoon with different media reports of numbers of people trapped in the collapsed building contradicts. While some reporters argue that it was 7, others said 5 and some said 4. However actual figures has not yet been confirmed at the time of this report. But a telephone interview carried out by one of the naijaimpression's correspondent in Nigeria revealed that families, friends and loved ones are rushing to the collapsed building in order to find out about their loved ones that works there. 
As reported, The building, being built by the Ministry of Environment and still under construction, caved in at exactly 2:30 p.m.

The building is about 10 metres away from the main building of Lands Bureau, on the same premises, with a commercial bank adjacent Alausa Millennium Park.
Vanguard gathered that the site engineer, Mr. Oki, was rescued at exactly 3:55pm, after over one and half hours.
One of the onlookers, told Vanguard that the building belongs to the state Ministry of Environment
According to an eyewitnesses, the building was supposed to accommodate the Office of Drainage Services, an arm of the Lagos State Ministry for the Environment.
The incident, however, disrupted official activities at the ministry as officers of the state Fire Service and the state Emergency Management Authority besieged the place for secue operation.
Though the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Tunji Bello, was around, he refused to make comment but directed the rescue team to ensure that no life is lost in the rubble.
But a member of staff of the ministry, who pleaded anonymity, told the Nigerian Tribune that the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development had earlier marked the building, saying it lacked approval and that work should be discontinued but the Ministry of Environment insisted on going on with the work.
She said: “One of those trapped called me on my phone severally begging for assistance to rescue him from the rubbles but he has now stopped calling, only God knows if he is still alive.”-Tribune reports.
There have been cases of building collapse in some parts of Nigeria in the recent times, a reported case in March 25th 2009 at the city of lagos Nigeria left about 11 people dead as reported. It would be important for the Government to look into this sudden development and avoid future reccurrence of such.

2 comments:

  1. A whole building collapsing God help us oooo

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  2. Nawa o....why are buildings collapsing in Nigeria? I think dey need come to Ghana and do see how things are done

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