The governor of Lagos state, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, has visited the scene of the collapsed school on Massey Street, Itafaaji, Lagos Island, confessing so it was unfortunate that this type of school existed in the building.
“It is evident that Lagos state is not aware of such school, it is illegal and the culprits will face the law,” Mr Ambode said.
He however, said the government would provide maximum support to the victims including paying the hospital bills.
Adesina Tiamiyu, the general manager of LASEMA who was present at the scene told journalists that people living in the area had been very helpful as they had begun rescue operations before his team’s arrival.
The Governor said his Deputy, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, had also visited the hospitals where some of the victims rescued had been taken to, assuring that the State Government would immediately take over their treatment and foot their entire bill.
“The Deputy Governor is in the hospital actually taking care of those that were rescued and taken to the hospital most especially the children. On the part of government, we would immediately take care of whatever it is that we can do, including the hospital bills.
“All we are interested in now is to save more lives and also see how those that have been rescued are put in proper place and proper care,” he said.
“Parents will be allowed to identify their children, we’ll not stop until we are sure that there is no one left in the building.”
He further said once the rescue mission has ended, the actual figure will be revealed.
Many parents were seen crying in front of Massey Children Hospital situated on the same street.