Ganduje, Masari visit Ikoyi building collapse scene

The North-West Governors Forum on Wednesday visited the scene of the 21-storey building which collapsed in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State on November 1.

Kastina State Governor, Aminu Masari and his Kano counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje, represented the forum in the visit. They were led to the site by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

No less than 40 persons died when the building collapsed including its developer Femi Osibona.

A statement by Mr Sanwo-Olu’s chief press secretary Gboyega Akosile said the governors commended Sanwo-Olu for setting up a tribunal of inquiry into the collapsed building.

Masari said during the visit, “We are here representing governors of the 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.

“We pray to God that this kind of thing will not happen again. On behalf of the people of the 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 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.”

The tribunal which comprises six professionals in the private sector was set up by Sanwo-Olu and began sitting immediately after its inauguration on November 4.

Sanwo-Olu said he was glad that the state was not grieving alone.