The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed shock and deep sadness at the collapse of a building in Itafaji area of Lagos State on Wednesday.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, expressed worry that the frequency of building collapse and its attendant human casualties in the country had become abnormal.
“When we lose our loved ones, it is never easy, particularly when they are children lost to such horrific and avoidable building collapse.
“We sympathise with the families of the dead victims and pray for the speedy and full recovery of the injured. We also pray for the safe rescue of those still reportedly trapped in the collapsed building rubble.”
The party charged relevant regulatory agencies in the country to be awake to their responsibilities to avoid such in the future.
“While we commiserate with the government and people of Lagos State over the sad incident, the party is worried that the frequency of these building collapses and its attendant human casualties has become abnormal.
“Relevant regulatory authorities across the country must do all that is necessary to prevent a reoccurrence of these avoidable building collapses.”
Concise News reports that at least 10 persons, including four schoolchildren, were feared dead when a three-storey building, which housed a school, Ohen Nursery and Primary School, and residential apartments, crumbled around 10am.
Rescue efforts have been underway since the incident occurred, with about 50 persons rescued by officers of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and other emergency responders, including the National Emergency Management Agency, the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigeria Red Cross Society.