Our suffering, by survivors of Lagos building collapse


Some survivors of the Lagos constructing crumble the day before today observed their harrowing revel in.

Bereaved families additionally recounted the loss of life in their loved ones.

The survivors, who’re in 4 hospitals, stated they escaped dying by means of whiskers.

They stated they were busy with their chores while the building came down.

Many families flocked Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Massey Street Children Hospital, Lagos University Teaching Hospital and Gbagada General Hospital searching for their loved ones.

Mr Abideen Olawusi, a businessman and father of one of the victims, lamented the loss of his approximately-3-yr-antique girl, Qawiat.

According to him, his wife is traumatised by using the tragedy.

“I am here to appearance after Qawiat’s injured sister, Rokibat . Rokibat is seven years antique. Their mother couldn’t come to the health facility because the demise of Qawiat is taking its toll on her. She is traumatised and now not feeling well. I left her in care of my household and friends to come back and stay with Rokibat, who’s injured,” Olawusi said.

According to him, Qawiat should have died of surprise. “When they added out her remains, there had been no symptoms of harm on her frame. She have to have died of shock. I carried her, checked all her body, I couldn’t discover any part of her body injured. We buried her this (the previous day) morning. It is a unhappy revel in for mother and father to bury their child after years of suffering from her start to that age.”

The 3-yr-old son of Mr Saheed Owolabi, an respectable of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Ayomide, survived the incident.

Owolabi stated no matter his toddler’s cry that he did no longer need to visit that college anymore, he forcefully took him to the faculty that fateful day.

He stated: “What would I have instructed the sector if he had died? That I pressured my son to attend school the day the incident happened despite his refusal to head. My son insisted that day that he turned into no longer going to school. He said his instructor, Esther Ifeanyi, who changed into the proprietor of the faculty, used to beat him. Ayomide’s mother typically takes him to highschool, but while he changed into crying, I told his mother to depart. I carried him, promised to shop for him biscuits. At the school, I spoke along with his instructor and she or he promised not to conquer him once more. On my way downstairs, I regarded back, my son changed into moody. He has now not been that manner earlier than, so I promised to return and pick him from faculty.

“I went to paintings. It became around 10am that my wife referred to as me that my son’s faculty building had collapsed. I become shocked. I ran to the college. When he become delivered out, he sustained accidents on his head, eyes and cheeks. It was later that I learnt the faculty constructing were marked for demolition. My son had been in the school given that remaining yr.”

Ronke Pedro instructed The Nation that she misplaced her brother.

“Our ninety seven-year-vintage grandmother changed into additionally affected, but she is receiving remedy at the General Hospital. My brother, Kazeem, who’s 37, died. They brought out his our bodies round 3pm ,” she said.

She blamed the government for now not demolishing the building after it became marked two times for demolition.

“Government have to make certain the ones buildings that failed integrity tests are demolished. We lost a variety of lives right here; a lot of them are our children. There are many different buildings on Lagos Island that have been marked for demolition however they’re being repainted. We want to put a stop to this insensitive attitude this is killing us,” Pedro stated.

Another survivor, Khalid Amoo, obtained a cap from Lagos State Governor-elect Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu the day past when he visited the survivors with the Deputy Governor-go with, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, at the health facility.

Sanwo-Olu, Amoo’s aunt stated, removed his cap and placed it on the boy’s head.

She said he prayed for him that he could develop up to be a governor.

Lagos State Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris advised The Nation remaining night time that the demise toll had extended from 18 to twenty.

“The final character that became delivered out of the rubble round 3am was useless,” he stated.

Idris said forty two survivors have been being handled in six hospitals.

“We have a few at Onikan, Massey Street Children Hospital 4 have been stated Gbagada General Hospital, 8 were taken to LASUTH and one in LUTH. They are all responding nicely to remedy,” he said.

A constructing contrary the collapsed constructing become demolished the previous day.

Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area Chairman Mr Kamal Salau-Bashua, who supervised the demolition, stated the building failed the integrity take a look at.

He entreated citizens to present records on homes with defects.

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Director (Search and Rescue) Air Commodore Akugbe Iyamu changed into on the scene the day prior to this.

He visited the General Hospital to commiserate with the victims, their families and the State Government.

He assured the family members of the victims that the Federal Government was operating with country officers on the way to assist them.

The Nation

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