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Aftermath of Lagos inferno, Sanwo-Olu vows to demolish weak buildings

By Femi Akinola

Following Tuesday fire incident that razed multiple buildings and property worth several millions of naira lost at Lagos Island, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, visited Docemo area of the island in company of state government officials to have on the spot assessment of the damages done to the area.

After he has moved round the areas affected by the fire, Governor Sanwo-Olu read riot act to the residents and traders on the island saying, ”many more buildings will go down, no matter who is involved.”

According to the governor who was visibly angry seeing the quantum of property destroyed during the fire incident, he said Regulatory Officials will soon move in full force while the market will remain closed till further notice.

Said he: ”We have reached the juncture that what the government ought to do as its responsibility, that is protection of lives and property, we will not shy away from doing our responsibility. What that mean is that we are ready to step on anybody’s toe. We would step on many toes as possible to make the right thing. We are coming back soon, we are going to take down all those attachments. All the extensions that you have done is totally unacceptable.

”We would not wait till some people kill everybody on the island before the right thing is done. The idea of giving buidlding construction on a small piece of land for a building developer who later built tiny three four storey building on a very small piece of land should stop from this moment. You have turned all the buildings to market place and store for goods.”

In the mean time, Governor Sanwo-Olu spoke with some of the residents and traders affected by the fire incident.

He informed them that the market will be closed till further notice, while proper audit and enumeration will be done to see how the state government can assist them.

He said: We know that you are not happy with what has happened and the state government too is not happy about it. But, if we listen carefully about what one or two people has said here, we would see that we (residents and traders) are the primary cause of the incident. We don’t love one another and this was the cause of the collateral damage we just experienced. How can one be running a power generator on the fourth floor and attempting to refuel the generator while it’s still working?


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