Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has expressed the government’s condolences to families of victims of the collapsed building belonging Reigners Bible Church Int’l, Uyo.
The roof of the church collapsed when members and guests including the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, and members of the State Executive Council, had gathered at Reigners Bible Church, along Uyo Village Road, Uyo, for the Bishopric Ordination of the General Overseer of the Church, Apostle Akan Weeks.
Governor Udom Emmanuel escaped unhurt but many people lost their lives while several others sustained various degrees of injuries.
Speaking at the scene of the incident, Gov Emmanuel said: “It is a sad day for me. My condolences to families of the victims. I advise everyone to be calm.”
The Governor, who escaped death, hinted that a panel would be setup to investigate the incident.
According to him, many worshipers are in critical condition.
“Accessing this in the face of somebody who is not an engineer, we see a lot of defects in the construction. We will try as much as possible to bring to book those who were careless about this and ensure defaulters are punished.
“I will make contact immediately both the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a team of engineers here in Akwa Ibom to assess whether there were pure negligence on the part of those that did this,” Governor Emmanuel told reporters.”
He said it was a devastating incident, wondering why it should happen at this time.
“Actually, it is not a good thing and we are really devastated that this could happen.
“Be rest assured on the part of government, we will do everything possible to make sure that this will never happen again in this state,” he added.
The Governor also visited the victims at the Ibom Specialist Hospital where they were receiving treatment.
The number of persons killed in the incident have not been confirmed by any agency.