Following the inferno that gutted part of the 25-storey Great Nigeria Insurance Company Limited building on Martins Street, Lagos Island, Lagos State Government has conducted an on-the-spot assessment of the building to ascertain extent of damage and determine further steps to be taken toward ensuring safety of lives and properties in the area.
Special Adviser to Governor Babatunde Fashola on Central Business Districts, CBD, Mrs. Derinola Disu, while speaking at the site, stressed that safety of lives and property was paramount to government and that all steps had been taken to ensure that no life was lost in the inferno.
The Special Adviser, who visited the site on the directive of the governor, said the prompt response of the state government apparatus like Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, CBD, state fire services and security personnel went a long way in ensuring that the situation was brought under control and the fire did not get beyond the 3rd floor where it initially started around 5am.
Disu, a former Chairman of Lagos Island Local Government, expressed satisfaction at the prompt response of government personnel on ground towards putting out the fire and further instructed that the area be cordoned-off by security personnel to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage of situation to loot.
Speaking in the same vein, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Ganiu Johnson, said structural engineers would be visiting the place to assess the situation concerning dilapidated and distressed part of the building to ascertain if the structure is habitable.