…AS CIVIL ENGINEER ATTRIBUTES Collapse TO BAD TERRAIN, POOR CONSTRUCTION.
About 18 worshippers have so far been confirmed dead with about 50 badly injured following the collapse of REIGNERS Bible Church auditorium during the Bishopric enthronement of its founder, Apostle Akan Weeks.
This is as the Akwa Ibom state Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel has returned to the site of the collapsed Church auditorium to oversee rescue and evacuation efforts after being certified stable by a team of medical professionals at the Government House Clinic.
Governor Emmanuel, has addressed the press, saying the collapse is caused by the shoddy and hasty work in the construction of the building aimed at putting up a befitting structure for the ordination. The Governor is still there at the scene, trying to make sure that people are safe.
It is said that there was no approval for the building from government, with authorities saying the contractors must be brought to make explanation.
Some senior government officials are suspected to be among the victims. The casualty figure is still unknown.
Governor Udom Emmanuel has promised to investigate the cause of the unforseen situation.
Presently he is going round with Rev Uma Ukpai to visit and pray for the quick recovery of injured persons.
The Gov’s CPS had a dislocation around the knee but he is responding very fine, though with pains on his back around the neck area.
Usiere Akpan of Pioneer newspaper and Bassey the SA on Protocol both have gotten their head wounds stitched and are in better conditions.
The Guide Newspaper correspondent who is on the scene of the disaster to monitor rescue efforts reports that a combined team of Road Safety officers, Civil Defense operatives and the police have so far counted 18 corpses.
About 50 persons have been rushed to neighbouring health facilities including St Luke’s Hospital Anua, Lifecare Clinic, Nwaniba and the University of Uyo teaching Hospital.
Some of those rescued have lost their limbs and legs while others are in coma.
In the meantime, a Uyo based civil Engineer Engr Uduak David has attributed the collapse to the bad terrain where the church is sited, explaining that erecting a structure in that terrain disturbed by ravines would have required the engagement of more experts to ascertain that the strength of materials used are such that are needed for that kind of terrain.
“As you can see, this environment is surrounded by ravines. So it is commonplace for this kind of disaster to happen if the right kind of materials are not used. In the case of today’s incident, those who constructed this building didn’t get the calculations right. Because from my preliminary assessment, the materials in the roof had more weight and so the pillars had to give. “
Vehicular movements along the Uyo village road has increased in the last hour following the incident.
Stay with the Guide Newspaper page for more realtime updates.
(C)THE GUIDE NEWSPAPER
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