A container on a heavy goods vehicle fell off Ojuelegba Bridge in Lagos yesterday and crushed to death four people stuck in traffic in a car on the road below.
Eye witnesses at the scene told TV reporters that emergency response from the fire brigade and the Lagos State Emergency Agency took over an hour to arrive at the scene. It was left to passers-by to try and lift the huge container in a futile attempt to save the lives of those in the crushed vehicle.
By the time emergency response eventually arrived, they didn’t have the right vehicles or cranes to to pull the container away from the crushed car.
This happened in Lagos State. The richest state in the country and the city is the economic capital of Nigeria. The former governor of the state, Babatunde Fashola, was always held up by a pliant media as the one of the few governors that “performed”.
But it seems like his “performance” in eight years did not include ensuring that victims of traumatic incidents in his state could receive adequate emergency response in “the golden hour” immediately after the incident, which could be the difference between life and death.
Fashola allegedly spent 78m naira ($390,000)of public funds on an upgrade of his self-promoting website. That sort of money on decent equipment for the emergency services could save lives.