Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun has accepted responsibility for the collapse of a state-owned shopping mall on Friday, after confirming on person was killed.
The building, which was under construction at Itoku market, Abeokuta, the state capital, collapsed early Friday, trapping construction workers.
The governor told journalists on Saturday that one person died and others injured. He said the government would investigate the cause of the collapse.
“I take full responsibility of what happened here, not even the Commissioner for Works can take the responsibility because when the glory comes we share it together, but if anything goes wrong, I take the blame, so I take full responsibility, but we are going to get to the root of the matter.
“As early as 9 o’clock in the morning, the workers were here as always, 16 all together as we were told and a little minutes after 9am we have this partial collapse of this building. Out of those 16, eight came out immediately the building collapsed and the remaining 8 they were hurriedly taken to the hospital, one unfortunately died on the way to the hospital, two were discharged immediately because they sustained minor injuries. The remaining five are still at the hospital, they also sustained minor injuries”.
The governor said the government had contacted the family of the deceased.
He said his administration would test the structural properties of other buildings in the state.