Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, who visited the scene of the collapsed guest house belonging to the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, has asked church members to make way for trained emergency responders.
Mr. Fashola, including top government officials, was at the church, located in Ikotu Egbe, on Sunday to commiserate with its general overseer, Pastor Temitope Joshua.
Fashola said: “What you need to understand now is that this place is now an accident scene and so all your staff must leave this place. We need to take control of this place and let people who are trained to do this job to do so.
“We understand that this is an unfortunate incident, we understand their sense of sympathy and compassion. But let them allow those who are trained to do the job take over and do the job; that is their training and it won’t make sense if they are getting in each other’s way.”
The governor said the church members could return to the site after rescue personnel are done.
“When we finish, if you have any person, whether an engineer or a medical person you wants to be on the site with them, working with them to know what they are taking there, then it is easier; they can report to you and then report to me. But we can’t continue rescue operations with your men hanging around here,” Fashola added.
Other government officials at the scene, included Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Town Planner Olutoyin Ayinde; Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed; General Manager and Lagos State Building Control Agency, LABSCA, Mrs Kafayat Animashaun-Odunayo.