Just a few days after a similar incident took place in Ita-Faji area, Lagos Island, Lagos state, another building which was reportedly under construction collapsed at Shogo Arere area of Oyo State capital, Ibadan on Friday.
However, unlike the Lagos Island incident which cost the lives of at least twenty people in what was a sad day for the people in the area, the Ibadan incident was not so tragic as no life was lost to the relief of the victim’s families and state officials.
Confirming the news to ChannelsTV on Saturday morning, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) South-West co-ordinator, Mr. Slakku Luggard and the Director of the State Emergency Agency (SEMA), Akin Makinde said that eight men were trapped in the building as the time of collapse on Friday.
They stated that six men out of the eight were rescued on Friday through a combined effort of rescue officials and residents in the area. However, the remaining two men were rescued around 1:00 am on Saturday morning after the arrival of excavators to aid in the rescue operation.
“It took us some hours before the necessary excavator could be gotten to assist us in evacuating the debris. We thank God there were no casualties,” Mr. Makinde said.
“After the long search, the remaining two victims were rescued at about 1:00 am and immediately taken to the University College Hospital, UCH Ibadan.”
Speaking also, Mr. Luggard said that the mammoth of residents at the scene and the unavailability of the necessary excavators hindered the search.
He lamented on the use of low-quality materials in building construction and called on the government to put certain sanctions to ensure that buildings are constructed with materials of standard quality.
“I think the rescue would have been faster than this and would have given us more results within a short time if not because of the crowd we saw and it was difficult to manage them and the second challenge we had was the issue of excavators.
“The information came around 6:30 and before the excavators actually started, it was about 10 or there about”.
“We believe that with more awareness and working together, we will get over this.
“I think people need to be sensitized about the building materials they use and the government will be meeting with stakeholders including people who are into the building industry to make sure that they supervise these things,” he said.
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