If the house has been demolished after been marked, no life will be lost, Says victim of collapse building on Monday in Lagos island. As we speak many houses in Lagos has been marked for demolition but are yet to be destroyed by the state government agencies. These were some expressions made by the Victims of the collapse building on the Island of Monday.
In a quick interview with some of the victims, Adeosun said her child was hale and hearty before he went to bed on Monday night.
“I never knew that would be the last time I would see him. He was sleeping when the house collapsed and he died.
“I was always scared of that house that collapsed on ours. We had complained to the landlord, but he would always renovate the house rather than demolish it.
“I know the government has told us to leave our house, but we cannot because we don’t have money to get another accommodation.
Adeosun’s sister, Mali Bakare, said: “We need urgent help from the government. We are not happy to live in a house like that.”
She said rent is expensive in Lagos, in addition to agreement and commission fees.
Bakare said the house should have been demolished four years ago.
She said: “Government officials come every year to mark the building for demolition, but they will never demolish it. The house is weak. After the Itafaji building collapse in March, occupants were ordered to vacate the house and they did. We informed the government to come and demolish the house. We wrote on the Facebook that the house was shaking. We wrote a petition, but to no avail.”
Sikiratu Adelani said the house was marked for demolition when the Itafaji building collapsed, but the government did not demolish it.
“It is after the house collapsed that they ejected us and sealed off our buildings. This is unfair. They should have demolished this house that collapsed, since it was marked for demolition, instead of allowing it to collapse, killing one person,” Adelani said.