The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has commiserated with victims of the building collapse in Uyo, the state capital.
The incident which involved a four storey building on Iman street off Aka Road happened on Saturday.
In a statement on Sunday, Governor Emmanuel 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.
The statement was signed by Comrade Ini Ememobong, Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy.
It read in part, “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.
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“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.”