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Reigners’ Church building collapse: Panel submits report

By Dennis Udoma

UYO—The Commission of Inquiry into the Reigners’ Church building collapse in Akwa Ibom State last year submitted its report to the state government in Uyo, yesterday.

It will be recalled that the incident which claimed the lives of hundred of worshipers, happened on December 10, 2017 during the bishopric enthronement of the Church founder, Apostle Akan Weeks.

The report is coming eight months after the commission was instituted.

Governor Udom Emmanuel, while receiving the report from the Chairman of the commission, Justice Umoekoyo Esang(retd), stated his readiness to implement the recommendations in the report.

Emmanuel expressed appreciation to members of the commission for accepting to serve and executing the responsibility given to them,  noting that, they had showed much commitment to the service of the people.

According to him, “I want to thank you for this great job that you have done and to assure you once again that, the recommendations of this report will be taken seriously. We will do everything to implement and prevent future occurrence of this tragedy. May this affliction never occur the second time.”

Emmanuel used the occasion to commiserate with families of the deceased during the tragedy.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, Justice  Essang thanked the governor for the opportunity given to them to serve.

He said that the committee worked harmoniously with other relevant groups in the state to arrive at the report.

Esang also commiserated with the state government and people of the state over the unfortunate incident and thanked God for sparing the life of the Governor during the Church building collapse.

The Chairman was accompanied by Mr James Utiaruk,   Essien Nkanga, Rev. John Linus, Engr. Asuquo Okon, Engr. James Amiang, ACP Abiobo and Secretary of the Commission,  Emem Daniel.


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