Two people have been confirmed dead while three others are currently in hospital following the collapse of a four-storey building in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The building on Iman Street near Nse Ntip off Aka Road in Uyo collapsed on Saturday September 17 and rescuers have started rescue operations.
The Regional Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Godwin Topikor, confirmed on Sunday September 18 that two people have died while three others are in hospital.
He added that one of the deceased died in the collapsed building, while one in four people rescued died in hospital.
The Akwa Ibom state government has set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the collapse, while ordering the health commissioner to immediately take over the management of survivors.
Information and Strategy Commissioner Mr. Ini Ememobong disclosed this in a press release on Sunday.
It reads: “Following the unfortunate incident of the collapse of a four-storey building on Iman Street near Aka Road in Uyo, the capital of our State, the Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel expressed his deepest condolences to the families whose loved ones were trapped and ultimately died in the collapsed building, while wishing a speedy recovery to the survivors, he directed the Commissioner of Health to immediately take over the care of the survivors.
“As a result, the Governor has directed the Commissioner of Public Works and Firefighters to immediately appoint a Board of Inquiry to investigate the unfortunate incident. The Board is to complete its work within one month, and if it s If the building collapse is found to be the result of negligence or wrongdoing, officials will face the wrath of the law.
“The Governor also expressed his sincere gratitude to all first responders, rescue and safety agencies, government officials, volunteer organizations and all citizens who participated (especially the construction companies who donated of their equipment) to the rescue operation which lasted many hours.”