Akwa Ibom State Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel has restated his readiness to implement the recommendations as contained in the report of Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the December 10th 2016 Reigners Bible Church Building Collapse. July 10th, 2017 would have made it exactly seven months after the unfortunate incident that claimed many lives.
Governor Emmanuel stated this when the Chairman of the Commission Rtd. Justice Umoekoyo Essang in company of his members presented to him the Commission’s report at the Executive Council Chamber, Government House Uyo.
Governor Emmanuel expressed appreciation to members of the Commission for accepting to serve and the painstaking effort in carrying out their responsibilities, saying that they have showed much commitment to the service of the people.
He said : “I want to thank you for this great job that you have done and to assure you once again that the recommendations of this report would be taken seriouly. We would do everything to implement and prevent future occurence of this tragedy. May this affliction never occur the second time”.
Governor Emmanuel who used the occasion to commiserate with families of those who lost their loved ones in the tragedy specifically thanked President Mohamadu Buhari, Federal Executive Council, Governor’s forum, the state team and Organisations in the International Community for their support during the incidence.
The Governor condemned insinuations by some persons who tried to politicise the tragedy citing the recent clampdown on a criminal gang by the Police in which some well placed persons have painting a wrong picture of the arrest by telling the World that it was targetted at members of a political party maintaining that such act does not contribute to the growth of the state.
According to him : Things of this nature should go beyond politics. When the incidence occured it did not select members of a Political party, it did not only affect a particular denomination, race or colour. It was a tragedy that affected all. It’s unfortunate that people decided to politicise a tragedy of this nature. Such people do not deserve to express opinion in the public “
Earlier, the Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry Justice Umoekoyo Essang commiserated with the government and people of the state over the unfortunate incidence and thanked God for sparing the life of the Governor in the incidence.
He expressed appreciation to the state government for trusting the commission with the assignment with no interference despite insinuations from uninformed members of the public.
He assured that the Committee carried out it assigned task with inputs from a team of Engineers and members of the public.
Justice Essang was accompanied by Mr James Utiaruk, Arc Essien Nkanga, Prophet John Linus, Engr. Asuquo Okon, Engr. James Amiang ACP D. R Abiobo and Secretary of the Commission Barr. Emem Daniel.