The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako, has resigned.
His resignation comes barely 24 hours after a seven-storey building caved in, killing at least five persons with fears that more bodies will be recovered from the site.
This was confirmed in a statement on Monday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.
It is however not clear if the commissioner tendered his resignation immediately after the collapse happened.
Omotoso said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has accepted the resignation.
The official noted that Salako’s exit “is a prelude to the restructuring of the Ministry and its agencies.”
Sanwo-Olu thanked him for his services and wished him success in his future endeavours.
The governor warned all players in the sector to respect the law or face the consequences of any indiscretion.
Salako leaves the position after multiple building collapses in Nigeria’s commercial hub in the last few years.
The most recent occurred in Oniru in the early hours of Sunday. A seven-storey building under construction caved in; two are dead and others are now confirmed dead too.
Lagos has experienced a series of building collapses, despite efforts by the state government to curb the menace.
The most tragic recent one happened last November when a high-rise building crumbled in the Ikoyi area of the state, killing at least 44 people and injuring many others.
Similarly, eight bodies were recovered after a three-storey building collapsed in Ebute-Metta in May.
Also in May, another building in the Ago Palace Way area of Lagos State collapsed.
August also recorded another building collapse leading to the death of two children in the Bariga area of the state.
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