LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The collapse of a building complex under construction has killed 34 mainly foreign workers in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos, officials said Thursday. National Emergency Management Agency’s spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye said 13 people were saved from the rubble in the rescue operation that started after the Tuesday pre-dawn collapse and ended Wednesday night. He said most victims were from Benin and Niger. Lagos state says it had ordered work to stop because the five-story structure was beyond the height approved by a building permit. It ordered directors of the Lekki Gardens property development to turn themselves into the police to be prosecuted. Buildings collapse often in Nigeria because corruption has builders cutting corners. In 2014, a building of televangelist T.B. Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations caved in and killed 116 people, dozens of them South African. A court last year ordered that the church and two structural engineers be prosecuted for criminal negligence. The church is challenging the order. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address? We are trying to help the poor peasant farmers in an area called Obiti in Ohaji-Egbema. These peasant have no awareness of medical treatment and they depend on locally made concoctions when they are sick while some enlightened travel about 2 miles to reach the “local” clinic – receiving a medical check. Many of the locals die prematurely due to inadequate medical care. The surrounding villages Umuapu and Awara do not have access to a clinic neither. What is your project and how will it help? Our project is building a clinic/hospital and it will help them to have access to medical care anytime especially in emergency cases when they cannot travel far in search of treatment. The presence of the clinic will create awareness for the need of routine check among them and prevent them from being ignorant of their health status so as to seek for medical attention when necessary. The clinic there will also prevent untimely deaths of the peasants and also create job opportunities and training of auxiliary nurses. How can other people partner with you on your project? Other people can partner with us by funding the project or by offerings gifts in-kind. Please detail the resources that you need. US$40,000 for building the clinic. Hospital equipments like beds, tables, forceps, scan machine. Equipments for hematology, chemistry analyzers, autoclave etc. are also needed.