Lalong’s response on the collapse school in Bukuru and Tudun-wada fracas

DIRECTORATE OF PRESS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS,

OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, PLATEAU STATE

PRESS RELEASE

The Executive Governor of Plateau State the Rt. Hon. Barr. Simon Bako Lalong received with a heavy heart the news of the collapse of the Abu – Ni’ima Islamiyya School, Gyero Junction Bukuru on Islamic Disciples on Quranic Training. The building collapsed on the Students at about 5:20 pm during the heavy down pour of rainfall over the Jos Bukuru Metropolis resulting in the death of 4 (four) of the Almajiris on the spot while 24 (Twenty four) others injured were rushed to the Bingham Hospital (Jankwano), Plateau Specialist Hospital, and Sunnah Hospital all in Jos for immediate medical attention.

In response to the emergency; the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the Nigeria Police and Government Officials acting on the instruction of the Governor immediately mobilize to site to ensure the immediate evacuation of any person or persons likely to have been trapped in the debris.

The Governor expresses deep concern for this loss of lives which brings to bear the necessity to ensure that public buildings conform to building standards and the need for them to be certified fit to accommodate students in training. In this wise the Governor has assured that all Agencies of Government saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that all public buildings particularly schools are fit for use; are up and doing in ensuring the safety of these structures.

Similarly, the Governor wishes to assure the citizenry of Plateau State that the unfortunate incidence in the Tudun Wada Area during the early hours of the day concerning the right of way and issues surrounding the blockade of roads during worship which almost resulted in the breakdown of law and order have been brought under control by the swift response of the members of the Operation Safe Heavens and the Nigeria Police. While commending the Security Operatives for their swift response, the Governor further pleads with the entire citizenry and particularly residents of Tudun Wada Area to Exercise Restrain and to show a sustained commitment to consolidating on the peace building efforts of the Government through accommodation, mutual understanding and peaceful co-existence.

The Governor is optimistic that the current security challenges been faced will be surmounted through the sincere collective effort of the entire citizenry and this he believes is already yielding result since his assumption of office, for which he calls on the entire people of Plateau to sustain.

Samuel Emmanuel Nanle

Director, Press & Public Affairs

13th September, 2015

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