There are indications that the Lagos State House of Assembly may summon Lagos State Building Control Agency (LABSCA) officials to answer questions on the recent collapse of a 21-storey building under construction in the state.
Recall that one of the three towers under construction along Gerrard Road in Ikoyi collapsed on Monday afternoon leaving several workers at the site trapped in the rubble.
The indication follows a visit to the scene of the tragedy by a team of lawmakers led by the Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Hon. Nureni Akinsanya.
Akinsanya, who spoke on behalf of the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, told journalists that the delegation would present a report on its findings to the House and those concerned could be invited.
While commending rescue efforts being carried out by agencies of the State government in collaboration with security bodies and private partners, the lawmaker sympathised with families of victims of the incident.
“I sympathise with the families of those affected and I want them to take heart and look unto God for the strength to bear the tragic incident”, he said, just as he prayed that the tragedy would be the last the State would record.
“We have been on the ground for hours and we have seen what has happened. When we get back, we will write our report.
“Mr. Governor has also spoken and given updates. On our part, the House will carry out its function. I am sure the leadership of the House led by Speaker Mudashiru Obasa will set up a committee or panel to look into the report, invite those to be invited and if we have to amend our laws, we will,” he said.
Earlier, the delegation met with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, the head of the Lagos State Emergency Management, LASEMA, Dr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu and other government officials at the site of the rescue operation.
Members of the delegation include Hon. Rasheed Makinde, Hon. Fatai Oluwa and Hon Femi Saheed.