By Benjamin Omoike
Aminu Bello Masari, the Executive Governor of Katsina State, and his Kano counterpart, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Wednesday visited the site of the 21-Storey collapsed Ikoyi building in Lagos, to commiserate with Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on the sad incident.
The governors were accompanied by Governor Sanwo-Olu, members of the House of Representatives, as well as a Senator. They came to represent the North-West Governors Forum.
Speaking on the reason for their visit, Governor Ganduje said they came to condole with the families of those who lost their lives in the incident.
“We are here on the behalf of the North West Governors Forum to condole with the people and the Goverment of Lagos State, especially families of those that lost their lives in this unfortunate situation. Lagos is a megacity that can be compared with other megacities in the world.
“Lagos is a city with few land mass, so the issue of building high rise buildings can not be avoided. It is unfortunate we have found ourselves in this situation. We are happy with the immediate action of the governor to set up a panel that will find out what actually happened,” said Governor Ganduje.
In his comment, Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, said while constructing high rise buildings in Lagos can not be avoided, it should not be at the detriment of lives and property of the people. He equally lamented several lives lost in the Ikoyi collapsed building.
“We cannot escape high rise buildings in Lagos, but we should do it in a way that it will not cost lives and property of the people. We are happy the governor has set up a panel to unravel what actually happened. We pray to God this kind of incident will not happen again,” he said.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu thanked the visiting governors for their visit and expressed confidence in the panel to do a thorough job.