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Lagos Building Collapse: One Of My Daughters Still Missing, Says Parent



As emergency officials on Thursday concluded rescue operations in the site of a three storey building that collapsed killing many pupils of Ohen Nursery Primary School and other occupants in Lagos, one of the parents, Mr. Muyideen Akinshina, has disclosed that one of his three daughters, Mujidat, is still missing, 24 hours after the collapse.

Akinshina, whose three children attend the school, Ohen nursery and Primary school, Lagos Island, disclosed that to aggravate the agony, he has buried one, Aaliyah, who did not survive after the collapse.

The bereaved father lamented that he is now left with his last child, Abdullahi, who is two year-old and was still been attended to at the hospital ward.

“Of my three children, I lost one, Aliyaha, one is still missing, Mujidat, while Abdullahi, who is two year-old, is still been attended to at the ward.”

Meantime following the appeal by the Lagos State Government for voluntary blood donors to cater for injured victims, scores of residents thronged the premises for the exercise.

Commenting on the development, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Blood Transfusion Committee, Dr. Modupe Olaiya, said that hundreds of residents have voluntarily donated bloods to treat the victims.

Olaiya disclosed that aside the General hospital, more centers have been opened to assist in collection of blood for patients, adding, the locations will also operate at weekends.

She, however, urged residents to often visit the hospital and donate blood for patients, saying, this reduce the agony that victims of emergency often encountered.

As more Lagosians commiserate with families of the victims, Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu a also on Thursday visited the site of the collapsed three-storey building at Ita-Faji on Lagos Island where over 12 people, including children died.

He also visited some of the school children who survived the collapse in the hospital to felicitate with them.

Sanwo-Olu was accompanied on his visit by the Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Kadri Hamzat.

Sanwo-Olu sympathised with those who lost their lives, saying that government and others were doing all they could to resolve issues arising from the collapse.

He said as a father, his thoughts and prayers were with the parents and members of the community, adding that beyond this, there was need to put factors in place  to ensure that such occurrence were avoided in the future.

Sanwo-Olu said he would be committed to ensuring such occurrence were avoided in the future when he took over the realm of affairs.

In his words: “I visited the site of the collapsed building at Ita-faji and the general hospital where those affected are receiving treatment. The community, rescue workers, health personnel and the State government are doing all they can to aid and resolve all issues arising.

“As a father, my thoughts and prayers are with the parents and members of the community, but beyond this, we need to put factors in place to ensure that we avoid such occurrences and I will be committed to doing this.”