President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that there is an urgent need to address the issue of enforcing safety standards in buildings in order to forestall future tragedies.
The president made the declaration on Tuesday while commiserating with the families of the victims of the building collapse in Jos, Plateau State.
According to figures released by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, 14 persons have so far died in the collapsed three-storey building in Delimi Community of Jos North local government area of Plateau State.
Reacting to the incident, President Buhari who emphasised the need to enforce safety standards said he was greatly shocked at the unfortunate loss of lives and wished those injured quick recovery.
Commiserating with the survivors of the accident and families of the dead, President Buhari said: “I feel your pains at this difficult moment and my prayers, thoughts and empathy are with you as you struggle to overcome the shock of this misfortune.”
While praying to God to comfort everyone affected by the sad incident, the president urged stakeholders in the building industry to find a lasting solution to the frequent incidents of building collapse across the country.