By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
At least two persons have been confirmed dead, while three have been unconscious under intensive unit in the hospital after a four -storey building collapsed on them.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) office in Uyo, which confirmed the number of casualties, said that the victims were working on the site when the building collapsed.
Our correspondent gathered that the building, which was meant to be a six-storey hotel building, is located on Iman Street, off Aka Road in Uyo, while on the fourth floor of its construction around 7 pm on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Governor Udom Emmanuel has expressed his condolences to the families whose relatives were trapped and eventually died in the collapsed building, while wishing the survivors quick recovery.
Governor Emmanuel in a statement, signed by Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong, has directed the Commissioner for Health to immediately take over the management of the survivors
“Following the unfortunate incident of the collapse of a four-storey building on Iman Street off Aka Road in Uyo, our state capital, HE 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 a 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 as a result of any acts of negligence or wrongdoing, those responsible will face the full wrath of the law, the statement stated.
The governor, the statement added, has also expressed sincere appreciation to all the first responders, rescue and security agencies, government officials, voluntary organisations and all citizens who took part(especially the construction companies that donated their equipment) in the rescue operation which lasted many hours.