Four persons have died and five others rescued as a building under construction collapsed in the Badagry area of Lagos State on Wednesday.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), confirmed the figures in an update.
“Nine Casualties who were construction workers were recorded of which five adult males were rescued and taken to the hospital for medical treatment while four adult males were recovered dead from the rubbles and taken to Badagry General Hospital by Police Officers from Area K in the company of family members for documentation,” the agency posted on its social media handle.
Earlier, the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service had said that the victims were rescued with varying degrees of injury but in stable condition and been taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.
“However, 4 (four) adults male have been recovered (unconscious) thus far as the Nigerian Police, Morogbo Division, and the community dwellers are complementing the efforts of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service,” the Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, said about the building located at Sunny Filled, Flour Mills, Estate, Magbon in Badagry.
In the update, the agency said efforts were ongoing to rescue other people trapped in the building.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has beamed a special focus on Badagry, one of the five traditional divisions of the State whose mainstay is agriculture and fishing.
The Governor’s pilot agriculture scheme – Lagos Food Production Park – is to take off in Badagry, prompting Sanwo-Olu’s six-hour visit to the town on Friday.
The Governor took a tour of a 279-hectare Avia-Igborosun Organic Farm, which was acquired by the State Government in 2012 for some commercial agricultural projects. He said the Government was ready to revive the abandoned farmland for the take-off of the State’s Food Production Park project.
The Governor disclosed that the State would be engaging the private sector to secure investment into the project, which, when completed, he said, would create thousands of direct jobs and improve the wellbeing of the residents.
Sanwo-Olu said: “I have been fully briefed about this project but I considered it necessary to personally embark on this journey to Badagry in order to take an assessment and see what exactly we need to do in terms of intervention. After taking a tour of the project site, what I observed is that the entire project looks more like a job that has not been completed. Therefore, we need to improve on the interventions to the Ministry of Agriculture.
“With very minimal resources, we have seen what the Ministry has done to keep the project afloat. The government will raise the resources and turn around this project to the level it should be. We will need to deploy more resources to revive and scale up all the machinery and systems put already in place. We will complete the project and open it for commercial production.”
The Governor said the revival of the Badagry Organic Farm and creation of more food production parks across the State were part of the strategy designed by his Government to increase food security level from 20 per cent to 50 per cent, thereby raising Lagos’ food sufficiency.
He added that the project would give rise to similar agro-allied businesses that would open up Badagry’s economy for more growth, while also boosting its tourism business.
He said: “Lagos is a big State in terms of population, but we also can intervene in our food production value chain. What we are also trying to do with the revival of the project is that we want to produce various agricultural products we can consume internally in order to reduce our dependence on external food sources. The Food Production Park, which we are creating across the State, will be a trigger to other value-added agricultural production our citizens can provide.”
As part of the move to turn around the Organic Farm, Sanwo-Olu promised a total rehabilitation of Igborosun Road that leads to the farm.
Some of the agricultural projects to be developed for commercial production in the Organic Farm include fishing, poultry, piggery, and agro-forestry, among others.
Gov. Sanwo-Olu also inspected a 105-bed Mother and Child Care (MCC) recently completed by the State Government in the premises of Badagry General Hospital. The MCC will be commissioned in September, the Governor promised.
During a tour of the hospital, Sanwo-Olu proposed expansion of the Accident and Emergency Department. The project, he said, will take off in the next nine months.
The Governor also stopped at Marina area of the Badagry town, where the State Government will be building a modern jetty. The project, Sanwo-Olu said, is part of his administration’s blueprint to promote waterways transportation across the State.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said that the approval was consistent with the government’s macroeconomic policy to emphasise on tax income following a fall in the oil revenue.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a Multilateral Competent Agreement to give the government a better grip on its tax laws to prevent tax evasion by multinational companies.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
He said that the approval was consistent with the Federal Government’s macroeconomic policy to emphasise on tax income following a fall in the oil revenue.
The Minister added that FEC also approved the establishment of a seaport in Badagry, Lagos which government said would be used to bring in big vessels into the country.
He stated that the new port would cost $2.58 billion and would be completed in five years.
Ministers of Transport and Information, Mr Rotimi Amaechi and Mr Lai Mohammed respectively, described the seaport as a viable infrastructure.
The Badagry seaport was said to have been started by the past administration and was abandoned midway.
It was a glorious home journey for late Mrs Deborah Oluwatoyin Ogun.
It was indeed an emotional day but a celebration of a life well spent for Mrs D. O. Ogun, who was laid to rest in Badagry, Lagos State.
Mrs ogun, the mother of Channels Television Sunrise Daily female anchor Maupe Ogun, passed on at the age of 58.
Maupe described her late mother as “a lovely person, a beautiful soul, a really joyous heart and I am hoping that I will be like her. She set a bar. She showed me what it is like to live on a day to day basis”.
Though painful, she still says “it is really a time to thank God and to be grateful” that she has gone to rest.
Over 500 houses illegally built on a land owned by the Police at Atipolome community in Mowo area of Badagry, Lagos State, have been demolished.
The land covering over 64 hectares was acquired by the Police in 2006 and a Certificate of Occupancy was issued in 2008.
Although members of the community admitted they had no government approval on the land, they explained that they bought the property from land grabbers, popularly known as “omo onile.”
It was gathered that the land grabbers started encroaching on the land when the Police authorities failed to put the land to use. However, on noticing the encroachment, the Police in 2011 issued a quit notice to the illegal owners of the houses to vacate their land.
Series of quit notices came after, with the last one served to them two weeks preceding the demolition ordered by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, after the illegal occupants refused to heed the quit notice.
Over 200 armed policemen and seven bulldozers took part in the demolition operation which was led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Osu Ekpo.
The exercise caught some of the occupants of the houses unawares, as many of them could not retrieve their properties while a few others were only able to recover a few of their belongings.