The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Friday called on the Federal Government to immediately investigate the collapse of a five-storey guesthouse belonging to Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, in which about 115 people were crushed to death.
The bulk of the casualties were South African nationals who thronged to the church seeking divine healing.
Nigerians have been calling for a full-scale investigation into the incident to ensure that the founder of the church, popular evangelist, T.B. Joshua, if found guilty of irregularities as regards the building, is made to face the law.
Nigerians have also condemned what they describe as a show of solidarity with Mr. Joshua by President Goodluck Jonathans and Lagos Governor Babatunde Fashola.
The NLC in a statement in Abuja said the loss of lives by the victims was avoidable.
“It is an occurrence Nigeria can ill-afford,” an official of the Congress, Benson Upah, said on behalf of the General Secretary of NLC. “The relatives of the victims deserve to know the truth.”
The NLC called for a professional and transparent probe of the incident to lay bare all the facts, pointing out that a shoddy investigation was capable of further denting Nigeria’s image.
The congress said by probing the incident Nigerians would not only be putting to rest all the speculations surrounding the collapse, but also prevent similar tragedies from recurring in future.
While commiserating with the families of the victims over the incident, the NLC urged the government to empower the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to improve their response capacity during similar incidents in future.