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Uyo Building Collapse: Umahi condoles with Udom

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi on Sunday lamented at the calamitous collapse of a church building in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in which scores of people were killed.


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


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