The Head, Town Planning Department, Uyo City Capital Development Authority, Mr. Effiong Akpan, has laid the blame for the collapse of Reigners Bible Church Uyo, at Akwa-Ibom State Government’s door.
Akpan put the blame of the tragedy on the state government while testifying before the Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government to investigate the cause of the collapse in Uyo on Friday.
He said, “We marked ‘X’ on the structure on March 6, 2013, it was covered by paint; we did the same on July 16, 2014; March 1, 2016; July 20, 2016, and August 16, 2016.
“The developer ignored all the markings by covering them with paint.
“We later issued 21-day ultimatum to remove the property failing which the authority will remove the structure and cost born by the developer.
“After the expiration of the notice, we did not have the capacity to remove the heavy pillars and roofing used for the construction. So we needed cranes, excavators, bulldozers, money, security coverage and vehicles to carry out the demolition.
“And on May 4, 2015, we requested funds and security coverage for the demolition; the money was approved by His Excellency but we never accessed the money.
“The then Accountant-General did not release the money for us to embark on the demolition.”