The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, has expressed `deep sadness’ at the news of the collapse of Reigners Bible Church building in Uyo.
The minister expressed his sadness in a condolence message he sent to the government and people of Akwa Ibom made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja by Mr James Akpandem his Media Adviser,
Udoma said appropriate words failed him in expressing his “very deep sorrow” for the loss.
“ I am greatly saddened by the news of the collapse of a church building in Uyo on Saturday morning, where scores of worshipers and guests were killed and tens of others injured.
“My thoughts and prayers go to Akwa Ibom State Governor, His Excellency Udom Emmanuel, whom providence had spared in the disaster.
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“My thoughts also go to the families of the victims of the disaster and all the people of the state,” Udoma said.
The minister also expressed sympathy with the pastorate and members of Reigners Bible Church.
“It is my fervent prayer that the Almighty will comfort all those affected and help to soothe their pains and heal their wounds,” he said.
Akwa Ibom Police commissioner, Murtala Mani confirmed that 27 people died in the collapse.
He debunked speculations that as many as 60 or 120 worshipers died in the incident.
Mani also confirmed that 37 people were injured and were receiving treatment at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, St Lukes Hospital and Ibom Specialist Hospital and Lifecare Hospital.