Following Saturday’s collapsed church building in Uyo during the bishopric consecration of Apostle Akan Weeks in which more than 100 people lost their lives, a Human Rights Activist, Mr. Saviour Akpan, has berated Nigerian Engineers over substandard projects across the country.
Akpan, who is the State Coordinator of Community Policing Partners, Justice, Security and Democratic Reforms (COMPPART), decried the loss of lives caused by Nigerian Engineers, through cases of collapsed buildings, stressing the need for cursory look at the profession to save the lives of the citizens.
Concerning the collapsed church building, Akpan has called for a full scale investigation that will ensure that everyone found culpable faces the full weight of the law
He also took a swipe on religious leaders who pursue power and fame instead of preaching the gospel.
Emmanuel and his deputy escaped death after the building collapsed, during the ordination service of Bishop Akan Weeks.
In a press statement signed by his personal assistant, Mr. Ekerette Udoh, the Governor said he was trapped in the building when it came crashing.
About 50 people are reported to have lost their lives.
He also commiserated with the families of the victims and ordered an immediate investigation into the tragedy.
“The Government of Akwa Ibom State has commiserated with the families of the victims of the collapsed building at Reigners Bible Church International along Uyo Village road.
“His Excellency, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Udom Emmanuel was present at the church service during the incident and thereafter personally supervised rescue operations and evacuation of the injured to the hospital. The State Government will undertake the medical treatment of the victims.
“A high-powered panel of enquiry is being constituted to ascertain the immediate and remote factors leading to the collapse of the church building with a view to forestall the re-occurrence of such incident and bring to book persons found to have compromised professional standards in the construction of the building”, the statement read.