Following the number of casualties and the controversies trailing the collapse of building at the Synagogue Church Of All Nations, SCOAN, situated in Ikotun area of Lagos, western Nigeria, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has called on the Federal Government to ensure that a thorough and transparent probe is conducted on the tragic incident.
It would be recalled that no fewer than 115 people have so far been confirmed to have died from the building collapse that happened on 12 September, 2014.
According to a statement signed by NLC’s Head of Information, Comrade Benson Upah, and made public on Friday, 27 September, 2014, the labour body stated that any investigation less than thorough is capable of compromising Nigeria’s image.
The NLC also lamented that the painful tragedy is familiar, avoidable and is an occurrence which Nigeria can ill afford.
“A thorough investigation would also put all speculations to rest, and provide the truth for all relatives of the victims.
“It will also prevent similar tragedies waiting to happen,” the statement read in part.
It added: “We at the Nigeria Labour Congress also wish to urge the government to empower the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in order to improve their response capacity.
“We commiserate with the families of the victims, majority of whom are our South African brothers and sisters.”
It would be recalled that two South Africans, Thanduxolo Doro and Mpho Molebatsi, who lost relatives in the Synagogue building collapse had threatened to sue the owner of the church, Prophet T.B Joshua.
According to BBC report, the two men, who both lost sisters in the collapse, are calling on more families to come together in bringing a case against the clergyman.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state government has unveiled a Coroner to investigate the cause of the six storey building collapse.
This was made known in a statement issued on Friday, by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye,
Few weeks ago, the state government hinted that the collapsed building used to be a 2-storey building before additional floors were added, a development the state government claimed it did not grant any approval for.
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