I was on Rome when I heard about Ikoyi building collapse – Sanwo-Olu

November 3, 2021
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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has explained why he did not visit the scene of the Ikoyi building collapse immediately after the incident occurred.

According to the governor, he had to cut short his official trip to Rome for G20 Summit where he was invited for a speaking engagement.

The governor during his visit to the scene of the incident on Wednesday explained he got a call that informed him about the building collapse in Lagos. This resulted in him making a u-turn and returning to the country.

“I think it’s important for me to let you know where I have been in the last one-and-a-half day. I actually travelled out of Nigeria in the early morning of Sunday. I had to travel to Rome to attend the G20 Summit in Rome.

“There was a side conference by the European Commission for Africa and Asia and I was invited to a speaking engagement and so we had engagement throughout Sunday night and also on Monday.

“Unfortunately, I was actually on the rostrum speaking on Monday when I got a call of what had happened here in Lagos and I had to turn back because I was also due to go to the COP26 Climate change conference where I had a speaking engagement but we had to terminate and truncate that and made a turnaround back to Lagos,” Governor Sanwo-Olu explained.

He also gave insights into what he did immediately he touched down at Lagos airport.

Sanwo-Olu at the scene of the building collapse in the early hours of Wednesday, November 3.

The governor said he headed straight to the scene of the collapse as early as 1.00 am where he encouraged rescue workers and a chain of control and command was created to ease the operations.

“I was on site last night, straight from the airport and I was here for over two hours. Of course, an active rescue operation was ongoing and I encouraged all the men that were working because some of them had indeed been working for the last 12 hours and we had to create a clear chain of control and command – which is why you have some of the canopies that are out here now.

“And to have a clear process where families, press, and the general public could get answers to questions they might have and we all can indeed learn from this moving forward,” the governor explained.

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