Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has declared a two-day mourning over victims of the collapsed church building that killed about 50 people and wounded hundreds of others.
In a broadcast to the people of the state yesterday, Governor Udom described the incident as unprecedented in the history of the state – “The unfortunate incident has caused sorrow and tears and a very big pain in the heart,” the governor said.
The governor declared yesterday and today as mourning days in honour of the dead and those injured by the collapsed building.
He directed that all flags be flown at half mast within the state, saying the two-day mourning period would be rounded off with a solemn assembly at the State Government Banquet Hall, Uyo by 4pm today.
The governor also said the state government would bear the medical cost of all the injured, commending the medical team for their contribution in saving the lives of those who were critically injured.
The massive building of the Reigners Bible Church International, which was still under construction, collapsed during Archbishopric ordination of its founder, Akan Weeks, as Bishop last Saturday.
The state Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, who attended the service as the special guest of honour with other top government officials, escaped death while some of his aides sustained injuries.
The state’s former governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio on Sunday paid a condolence visit to the Governor Udom Emmanuel on the tragic incident of loss of life at Reigners Bible Church collapse.
He said: “Once again my condolences to the families who lost their loved ones. I pray for the repose of the souls of the deceased. I pray that an affliction shall not rise a second time. Amen”.