The National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) has called on the Lagos State Government to re-energise its education monitoring team to boost school safety in the state.
The second Deputy National President of NAPTAN, Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, made the call in Lagos on Monday while lamenting the Lagos building collapse of Wednesday, March 13.
Safety Record recalls that the top floor of the three-storey building located at Ita Faaji area of Lagos Island was occupied by a primary school, Ohen Nursery and Primary School.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, confirmed that 20 persons, many of them schoolchildren, died in the incident.
Ogunbanjo said that the education monitoring team would seek out schools operating illegally in the state and such would be shut down by the state.
He called for an end to needless endangerment of school children due to improper monitoring and evaluation.
“The Lagos State Building Control Agency had marked the building at Ita-Faji for demolition but the owners kept extending its demolition by buying their way out with the aid of some government officials.
“All schools must be continuously looked into to determine whether they are still habitable by students without delay.
“The incident at Ita-Faji is an unfortunate incident; to the extent that a parent lost two children and the third one is still in the hospital,” Ogunbanjo said.
According to him, regular checks must be conducted to determine the integrity and safety of such schools.
Ogunbanjo added, “The government must deploy every means to prevent a recurrence of such incident in any part of the state.”