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Two die in Akwa Ibom building collapse

Two people have been confirmed dead in the storey building collapse at Iman Street by Nse Ntip, off Aka Road in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.…

Two people have been confirmed dead in the storey building collapse at Iman Street by Nse Ntip, off Aka Road in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The Regional Manager of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Godwin Topikor who confirmed the casualty figure on Sunday in Uyo said one of the deceased died during the collapse, while one out of four rescued persons died in the hospital.

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The four-storey building was said to have collapsed while still under construction.

Following the incident, the Akwa Ibom State Government has set up a panel of enquiry to look into the collapse, while directing the Commissioner for Health to immediately take over the management of the survivors.

The Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr Ini Ememobong, revealed this in a press statement on Sunday.

“Following the unfortunate incident of the collapse of a four-storey building on Iman street off Aka Road in Uyo, our state capital, the Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has expressed his deepest condolences to the families whose relatives were trapped and eventually died in the collapsed building, while wishing the survivors a quick recovery. He has directed the Commissioner for Health to immediately take over the management of the survivors.

“Consequently, the Governor has directed the Commissioner for Works and Fire Service to immediately set up a panel of inquiry to investigate the unfortunate incident. The panel is to conclude its work within one month, and if it is found that the collapse of the building was a result of any acts of negligence or wrongdoing, those responsible will face the full wrath of the law.

“The Governor also expressed his sincere appreciation to all the first responders, rescue and security agencies, Government Officials, voluntary organizations and all citizens who took part(especially the construction companies that donated their equipment) in the rescue operation which lasted many hours,” he stated.