The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered a probe of the collapsed building which happened in the Ikoyi Area of the state on Monday.
The building which was under construction collapsed in the afternoon with many people feared trapped in the rubble.
According to a statement titled, ‘Sanwo-Olu Orders Probe Of Gerrard Road Building Collapse,’ signed by the governor’s aide, Gbenga Omotoso, three persons have been rescued from the rubble.
Efforts to rescue other victims are ongoing just as the governor called for calm.
The statement read, “The Lagos State Government has called for calm over the collapse today of a 21-storey building, which is under construction on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi.
“Lagos Rescue Unit (LRU), Lagos State Fire Service and Lagos State Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS) are on the site, battling to save the lives of those under the rubble. Three persons have been rescued, even as the operations to save more lives continue.
“Governor Sanwo-Olu has ordered an investigation into the incident.
“The Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, has visited the site in the company of other officials, including the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako; Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Bamgbose- Martins; Special Adviser on Urban Development, Mr. Ganiyu Adele Ayuba; Special Adviser, GIS and Physical Planning, Dr. Olajide Babatunde; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mrs. Abiola Kosegbe as well as General Manager, LASEMA Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu.
“The Deputy Governor directed security agents to cordon off the site to facilitate rescue efforts.
“The General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, Arch. Gbolahan Oki, was also at the scene assessing the site for any likely damage to the surrounding structures.
“A report of the investigations will be made public in due course.”