We won’t rush probe of Synagogue building collapse -Fashola


Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Monday said the government would follow due process in the investigation of the September 12 building collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Ikotun in Lagos which left at least 115 people dead.

Fashola made the statement while receiving members of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners in Ikeja.

He said the government would not yield to pressure from some Nigerians who wanted immediate action on the incident but would act methodically on the issue.

Fashola said most of the pronouncements made on the incident did not reflect what actually happened and called on people to stop making comments that could bring more confusion into the situation.

The governor said, “On this issue, we are going to act methodically. We are going to act in a civilised manner. This is what we discussed at the State Executive Council today.

“We are not going to, without evidence, say this person has done wrong. Investigations are always painstaking and are done through scientific processes.

“This is the way that every civilised society develops. And we must assume that all the necessary provisions of law will be complied with. That is our track record here and nothing less will happen in this case.”

Fashola described NITP as the state’s partner in progress and said his administration would continue to work with the association in ending the menace of building collapse in the state.

NITP National President, Chief Steve Onu, commended Fashola for his many interventionist strides in the state.

He said the association would continue to partner with the state in the area of infrastructural planning and environmental development.

On the Synagogue building collapse, Onu urged the state government to ensure that a thorough investigation was carried out to unearth the culprits behind the disaster.

“This is a good opportunity at getting insight into the incidence of building collapse and know whether it happened by technical or natural occurrence,” he said.