Updated: February 24, 2021
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged Nigerian authorities to compensate building collapse victims and their families.
The call came days after dozens of people, including school children, were killed in a massive building collapse in Lagos.
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The three-story building with a school hanging on the last floor came down in Victoria Island area of Lagos while school was in session.
SERAP called on the governments of Lagos and Oyo states to “take immediate action to address the numerous ongoing human rights impacts of the deadly and catastrophic building collapse in their respective states”.
This should include “taking meaningful steps to avoid further damage to the human rights of the people affected.”
“The Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode and Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi should ensure as a matter of priority, access of victims and their families to effective remedies in a transparent manner, specifically, access to justice, adequate compensation, reparation, and guarantees that incidents like these can never happen again,” SERAP said.
According to the organization, “these tragedies point to weak enforcement of building regulations and oversight by the two states and urgent need for effective action and reforms. SERAP is concerned that the responses so far by the governments of Lagos and Oyo states have been insufficient to deal with the massive extent of the human costs of the incidents.”
In a statement today, SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare said: “These incidents come as a tragic reminder of the mismanagement, weakness in the regulatory and monitoring regime. The governments should have done more to prevent them from happening. The governors should act decisively on their commitments to do everything in their powers to prevent more such tragedies, and to bring to justice those responsible, to serve as a deterrent and end the negligence at which many are carrying out their duties.”