Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the North-West paid a condolence visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday, November 24, following the Gerrard Road, Ikoyi building collapse, which took the lives over forty people a few weeks earlier.


The Governors also expressed their condolences to the people of the state as well as the families of those who died in the tragic occurrence.

Masari, who was accompanied by Governors Ganduje and Sanwo-Olu on the tour to the Collapsed Building, said they are pleased that the Governor of Lagos State has established a tribunal of inquiry to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collapsed building.

“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 cannot escape high rise buildings in Lagos but we must ensure that it does not cost lives and properties of people. We are happy that the Governor of Lagos State has instituted an inquiry tribunal that will unravel what happened here.”

Governor Ganduje also praised Governor Sanwo-Olu for acting quickly to show concern after the structure collapsed.

“We are here to condole with the people and the government of Lagos State and in particular, condole with families of those who lost their lives and sympathise with them on the very unfortunate situation,” Ganduje said. 

“Lagos is a mega city. Comparing it to other megacities in the world and considering the circumstances of Lagos due to lack of adequate land for development, increase in population and high density, the issue of building high rise is absolutely necessary and cannot be avoided. But it is unfortunate that we have found ourselves in what happened.

“We are happy that the governor has taken immediate action to show concern about what happened. We are also happy that he appointed an independent technical panel that will examine and find out what actually happened in order to avoid future occurrences. We appreciate Governor Sanwo-Olu’s effort and condole with him and the people of Lagos state, particularly the families of those who lost their lives.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu responded by thanking the North-West governors for commiserating with the Lagos State administration and people over the fallen building in Ikoyi.

“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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