The sad occurrence of the collapse of a 21 storey building in Lagos was a monumental disaster. Certainly the loss of more than 20 lives up to-date is a painful human tragedy.
All attention must be focussed on what happened, why it happened and how can future occurrences be prevented all together!.
Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, as usual of him, immediately rose to the occasion. Cut short his schedule official engagement in Rome and went to the venue straight from the airport.
Even before his arrival the General Manager in charge was immediately sent on compulsory leave. Within 24hrs the governor has visited the site and the surviving victims about twice and a technical enquiry committee of capable and highly credible professionals has been put in place to unravel whatever happened and to advice government appropriately on issues including that of culpability, negligence and possible acts of criminality.
It is widely reported that the number of floors constructed was far in excess of the actual approval.
It is mischievous if not evil for anyone to distract the public and begin to manufacture unverifiable fables not supported by reason or facts. Just confabulations tainted with politics with no other intentions but to tarnish the image and reputation of people who have dedicated their lives to the service of their people and the nation.
We sympathise with those who have lost their loved ones and those whose relations are yet to be seen or rescued.
We will enjoin the governor of Lagos state and his hard working officials not to be deterred but rather to continue doing the good works this government has become known and severally commended for.
Biyi Adebiyi is the Spokesperson, Advocate for Good Governance.