‘Regulations should be upheld to curtail incessant collapse of building’
The Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla, has urged the Lagos State Government to ensure strict compliance with building regulations in order to avert collapse of buildings in the state.
Abou-Nolla made this call during a visitation to survivors of the Massey Street collapsed building at the General Hospital, Lagos Island. He was accompanied by the five divisional imams in Ikorodu, Ikeja, Badagry, Lagos and Epe and the mission board members of the Lagos Central Mosque.
The hospital’s Head of Social Welfare Department, Oluwakemi Okunmuyide, took the clerics around the survivors’ wards.The Chief Imam urged the agency in charge of building regulations (Lagos State Building Control Agency) to ensure defective buildings are demolished without further delay.
He said: “We should not wait for this kind of unfortunate incident before we do the needful. It is better to pull down defective buildings than to lose lives. We all know that it is a technical issue and what is important is for us is to maintain the code of building which is very important to avoid building collapse. Those in charge should ensure compliance with the regulations. It is important to have LASBCA officials go out to check defective buildings and do the needful. This will help reduce calamities happening today because, in every country, there are mechanisms to check defective buildings. When we have dilapidated buildings, they need to take them down,” he said.
Abou-Nolla praised the Lagos State Government for the prompt response and adequate care.“We thank Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Commissioner for Health Dr Jide Idris and the hospital management for helping to ease the pains of the affected people. It is important at that point that the people are in trauma, they need trauma management, they need our prayers, they need our support – financially, physically and mentally to return to their normal lives. We pray to Almighty Allah not to witness such an occurrence again. We pray Allah to guide and protect us from calamities. We pray to Allah to ease their pains,” he said.
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