The Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abou-Nolla, on Tuesday charged the Lagos State Government to ensure strict compliance with building regulations with a view to curb incessant collapses.
Abou-Nolla made the appeal while speaking with reporters after visiting surviving victims of the latest collapsed building, who were receiving at the General Hospital, Lagos Island.
He was joined by the five divisional imams from Ikorodu, Ikeja, Badagry, Lagos and Epe and the mission board members of the Lagos Central Mosque.
They clerics were taken around the wards where the survivors were receiving treatment, by the hospital’s Head of Social Welfare Department, Oluwakemi Okunmuyide.
According to the Chief Imam, the agency in charge of building regulations (Lagos State Building Control Agency) should ensure prompt demolition of defective buildings.
“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,” Abou-Nolla said.
He praised the Lagos State Government for the prompt response and adequate care for the surviving victims of the accidents.
“We thank Gov. 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.
By our correspondent