Commissioner says Uyo collapsed building survivors stable as governor expresses sympathy
Survivors of a collapsed building on Iman Street in Uyo are in stable condition, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Augustine Umoh, has confirmed.
He made the confirmation after visiting some of the survivors at the Life Care Hospital in Uyo.
Expressing gratitude to God for the stable conditions of the survivors, he described the incident as unfortunate and avoidable.
One of the survivors, Idorenyin Effiong Udoh, who thanked God for sparing his life, said he was hired for electrical services at the building. According to him, when he and other victims saw the building begin to fall, he lost hope of survival.
Meanwhile, Governor Udom Emmanuel has commiserated with the families of victims. A statement signed by the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ini Ememobong, read: “Following the unfortunate incident of the collapse of a four-storey building on Iman Street, Governor Udom Emmanuel has expressed his deepest condolences to the families, whose relatives were trapped and eventually died in the collapsed building while wishing the survivors quick recovery.”
Ememobong added that the governor had directed the Health Commissioner to immediately take over the management of the survivors.
The commissioner also disclosed that Emmanuel directed the “Commissioner for Works and Fire Service to immediately set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the incident. The panel is to conclude its work within one month, and if it is found that the collapse was as a result of any acts of negligence or wrongdoing, those responsible will face the full wrath of the law.”
Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom, Olatoye Durosimi, warned members of the public against violating building construction regulations.
Speaking at the Life Care Hospital, where he visited victims, Durosinmi said buildings should only be constructed after due approvals by relevant agencies. He advised that concerned agencies should always supervise and ensure that builders do not cut corners.