Umahi, in statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Emma Anya, said he put a phone call across to Governor Emmanuel Udom shortly after the incident occurred on Saturday.
“My heart is heavy. I feel so terribly sad over this calamity. My heart is with my brother governor, who escaped death by the whispers. My heart is also with the families of those who lost their loved ones to the incident. My heart is with the entire people of Akwa Ibom State. All Ebonyians share their pains,” he said in the statement.
He prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased and for quick recovery of those injured.
Umahi used the opportunity to call for stricter rules guiding building constructions; saying now is the time for Nigeria to have a workable national building code.
“I also feel that the time has come for the National Institute of Building, the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners , Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers and other relevant professional bodies to buckle up and effectively monitor the activities of their members,“ he advised.
Nigeria, according to the Governor, “has lost too many lives to building collapse and this latest one in Uyo is way too much. A stop must be put to this.”
By Ramo Silvers