The Oasis Reporters
April 10, 2018
The Akwa Ibom State government has seen no reason whatsoever to put the blame on the Pastor of the church, Bishop of Reigners Bible Church, Uyo, Akan Weeks. His church that was still under construction collapsed in 2016 killing 27 people and injuring another 37 during the consecration ceremony of the founder of the church as Bishop.
The state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, said to be a personal friend of the Bishop, was one of the guests at the church ceremony and he narrowly escaped unhurt.
A commission of inquiry was set up headed by a retired judge, Umoekoyo Essang, and in it’s report indicted the pastor for his “undue interference” in the construction work which led to the collapse of the church building.
“His (Mr Week) adamant posture of unbridled impunity as the Founder/General Overseer of Reigners Bible Church led to the unfortunate incident of 10 December, 2016,” the commission had said in the report.
It went on to say that it didn’t get government permit for the building construction and that the construction work was rushed with impunity to have the consecration event take place in an uncompleted building site.
That aspect of the report did not go down well with the state government, and in a white paper released on Monday, rejected the pastor’s indictment by the commission of inquiry it set up to investigate the incident, said: “Facts available indicate that Apostle (Dr.) Akan Weeks relied on the professionals he engaged.“It is the obligation of the professionals to execute due care and skill in the discharge of their duties or resign where they are not allowed to do so.
”The government also rejected the commission’s report that the Uyo Capital City Development Authority (UCCDA) was remotely responsible for the building collapse for failing to stop the construction work after issuing a ‘stop work’ order.
But the government, however, accepted the commission’s recommendation that the head of planning at the UCCDA, Effiong Akpan, should be punished by the agency.Two persons who were involved in the building construction are to be prosecuted by the state’s Ministry of Justice for their culpability, according to the white paper.
The building collapse, the white paper said, was due to unprofessionalism and negligence.