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General News of Thursday, 8 September 2022


47 building collapse since 2019: Lagos PDP candidate Jandor calls for Sanwo-Olu's resignation

A collage of Jandor and Sanwo-Olu A collage of Jandor and Sanwo-Olu

Olajide Adediran, the governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State has requested the immediate resignation of Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the incessant building collapse.

Popular known as Jandor, he said that the Sanwo-Olu administration should be held responsible for the incident because they "were preventable"

This follows the recent collapse of an uncompleted seven-story building collapsed early Sunday morning in the Oniru area of the State.

The incident according to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) killed at least six people.

In a statement by Gbenga Ogunleye, his campaign organization spokesman, Jandor said recent times are not the best for Lagosians.

He noted that the collapses were worrisome, saddening, disheartening and showed the government’s “insensitivity and ineptitude”.

“The recent case is one too many. It is obvious that the death of the victims was preventable,” he added.

Adediran said the admittance that the building had no relevant approvals was proof of dereliction of duty.

He asserted that the resignation of Idris Salako, ex-Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, was not enough.

“Gov. Sanwo-Olu has failed Lagos residents, not only the victims of this incident and the many others who died in about 47 cases of building collapse between 2019 to date,” he said.

The candidate said the governor himself “should have resigned instead of the arranged scapegoating of asking his commissioner to quit”.

He recalled the 2019 warning by the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG) that 36,000 buildings in Lagos may collapse.

Adeniran promised that the PDP would bring fresh air and champion the cause of the masses if elected in 2023.

The statement, however, sympathized with the victims’ families and prayed for strength to help them bear the losses.

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