The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has directed the mobilisation of immediate emergency response towards rescue operations at the site of the 21-storey building, which collapsed on Monday in Lagos while still under construction.
Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq also expressed shock at the incident which occurred in Ikoyi.
Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the Special Assistant to the Minister said in a statement that the Minister sympathised with the people and government of Lagos state over the tragic incident and immediately mobilised the NEMA Team from the Lagos Territorial Office to assist with the rescue operations at the site.
“This is tragic. I sympathise with the Lagos state government and families of people still trapped inside the rubble.
“We have mobilised immediate rescue operations through the NEMA Team from the Lagos Territorial Office to team up with the state SEMA.
“NEMA has also facilitated mobilisation of response involving heavy duty equipment for rescue operations and security for crowd control.
“We pray that through the rescue operatives still on ground at the site, many of those trapped will be rescued”.
Many are still feared trapped in the rubble of the collapsed 21 storey building.