The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has expressed “deep sadness” over the death of pupils in the collapse of a School building on the Lagos Island on Wednesday.
Dogara, in a statement issued by Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, said it was heart-breaking that “innocent souls would perish in such a dreadful manner” and called for a thorough investigation of the unfortunate incident.
He said, “This is one too many of these building collapses that usually claim lives of innocent people. It is time for decisive actions to be taken against all found culpable in breach of building standards that end up in disasters.
“The law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies must step up their game and put an end to the practice of cutting corners to increase gain. While this has not been established as the cause of this incident yet, past incidents have pointed to this as a serious factor.
“I commiserate with the families of the deceased and pray that their souls rest in peace.”