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North-West governors pay respect at Ikoyi collapsed building site

North-West governors visited Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in solidarity and then paid their respect at the Ikoyi building collapse site on Wednesday, which took over forty people’s lives a few weeks ago.

On Monday, November 1, 2021, a 21-storey building still under construction collapsed at Gerrard Road, Ikoyi. Fifteen people survived, while 45 people lost their lives in the incident.

The North-West Governors Forum, represented by its chairman and Kastina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari and his Kano State counterpart, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, praised Sanwo-Olu’s swift action for creating a Tribunal of Inquiry into the collapsed building.

“We are here representing governors of North West to physically come to condole with his Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, families of the deceased and the entire Lagos community on the unfortunate incident that has happened,” Gov Masari said.

“We pray to God that this kind of thing will not happen again. On behalf of the people of North West, accept our sincere condolences and sympathy.

“We are happy that the Governor of Lagos State has instituted an inquiry tribunal that will unravel what happened here.”

In response, Sanwo-Olu appreciated the North-West governors for commiserating with the government and people of Lagos State over the Ikoyi collapsed building.

He said: “We have had various degrees of tribulations and very difficult moments for us as a state, and there have been lessons learnt. We are all aware of the investigation into the collapsed building.

“It gladdens me to know that while Lagos is grieving, we are not alone. That is why I am excited and happy that some of my senior colleagues and brothers have come here to express solidarity and to also sympathise with the government and people of Lagos State.”

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