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NEMA to speed up rescue at Lagos collapsed building – Minister

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has sympathized with the Lagos state government and families of victims who lost their lives in a building which collapsed on Ibadan Street, Ebute Metta, Lagos State.

In a statement by her special Assistance Nneka Anibeze, the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA who are currently involved in an ongoing joint rescue operation with  the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and the Police have since evacuated the 23 survivors while 8 persons reportedly died in the collapsed building.

It stated that the emergency response operatives are continuing the search and rescue operation to rescue other tenants trapped in the building.

According to the statement, the Ministry decried the spate of unavoidable disasters in the country and called on concerned authorities to work assiduously towards risk and disaster reduction.

“It is also important that those in charge of ensuring the construction of standard buildings in the country ensure that the highest standards are met to avoid these tragedies”.

Reports says the collapsed 3-storey building had been marked for demolition after it showed distress signs but the occupants remained in the structure.

Reporting by Hadiza Abdulrahman, editing by Daniel Adejo.