Nigeria: 50 people rescued alive from Lagos Collapsed building, Buhari, others mourn
London, March 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-About 50 victims of the collapsed school building in Lagos, South West Nigeria have been brought out alive and are currently receiving medical attention in various hospitals in the state
Similarly, no fewer than 12 people, including school children have been confirmed dead in the collapsed 3-storey building at Ita-Faji area on Lagos Island
At a news conference on Wednesday, Titilayo Goncalves, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health (MOH), said about 20 victims had been rescued in the afternoon on Wednesday but Alternativeafrica.com can confirm that more victims, including pupils from the school have been brought out of the rescue operations .
Ms Goncalves said some of the victims had been transferred to other hospitals for further treatment.
She said that the hospital had earlier created a centre where all patients were taken to and given emergency care.
According to her, once the patients had been stabilised, they were moved to tertiary hospitals including the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, and Gbagada General Hospital
“So far, we have received about 20 ‘casualties’; five have been transferred to LASUTH; three of them to Gbagada General Hospital and some to Onikan General Hospital.
“Some people are still being brought out from the rubble,” she said.
The permanent secretary assured parents and guardians of the victims that members of the medical team were on top of the situation.
“People should keep calm and be sure that the very best of service is being provided for all the victims brought out alive,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in the early hours of Wednesday a three-story building, housing a school collapsed, trapping many occupants
Reacting to the incident, President Muhammadu Buhari said he was extremely saddened by the collapse of the building, which claimed lives, including schoolchildren
He condoled with the families of the victims and the Lagos State Government, and wished those who were injured speedy recovery.
“It touches one to lose precious lives in any kind of incident, particularly those so young and tender. May God grant everyone affected by this sad incident fortitude and succour,” a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, quoted president Buhari as saying.
In a post on Twitter, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, consoled the families of those who were affected by the collapse.
He said “My heartfelt prayers are with all the families affected by today’s building collapse in the Ita Faaji area of Lagos Island, particularly the young schoolchildren, who are reportedly trapped inside. I pray for their safe rescue.”
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, expressed “deep sadness” over the death of the pupils following the collapse of the building.
Dogara, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, said it was heart-breaking that “innocent souls would perish in such a dreadful manner” and called for a thorough investigation of the unfortunate incident.
He said, “This is one too many of these building collapses that usually claim the lives of innocent people. It is time for decisive actions to be taken against all found culpable of breach of building standards that end up in disasters.
“The law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies must step up their game and put an end to the practice of cutting corners to increase gain. While this has not been established as the cause of this incident yet, past incidents have pointed to this as a serious factor.
“I commiserate with the families of the deceased and pray that their souls rest in peac