Four persons escaped death following the collapse of four uncompleted two-storey buildings at about 4:10 p.m. at Glover Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, on Friday.
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that all the four collapsed buildings were under construction.
“LASEMA officials have already activated the Lagos Emergency Response Plan for all first responders to move to the site of the collapsed building.
“In the ongoing operation at the Glover court construction site with a total of four different 2-storey buildings, all under construction and five people trapped in the collapsed building at the time of the collapse.
“The only construction worker reportedly still trapped under rubbles of the collapsed building is 24-year-old Yomi, as all other workers have been accounted for,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
He urged Lagos residents within the vicinity of the incident to stay calm and allow emergency responders to do their job.
Oke-Osanyintolu said that one of the rescued victims from the incident was receiving treatment.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Pension Matters, Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau, has urged the Federal Government to pay the over N400 billion it is owing pensioners under the Contributory Pension Scheme.
Shekarau made the call on Friday in Lokoja while assessing the ongoing data capturing and verification of Federal pensioners in the state by the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PITAD).
He said that the amount represented the difference of 2.5 percent from 7.5 percent to 10 percent in the contribution of the Federal Government which had accumulated over the years.
According to him, it is necessary for the government to remit the amount now before it escalates to the level that the government would not be able to pay.
He said that the outstanding amount was one of the reasons delaying the payment of the first trance of money to fresh retirees under the scheme.
” Payment of pension should be in the first line charge. It should be paid before other workers receive their pay.
“We have listened to the pension bodies during budget defence and we have taken note of the huge outstanding pension yet to be remitted by the federal government.
“We have discussed extensively and we intend to take the issue up with the Federal Government so that the backlog is settled without further delay,” he said.