Collapse of 7-storey building in PH: rivers Ministry ‘mangled in mess of procedures’ – Panel

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Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the 7-storey building collapse at Woji road in New GRA, Port Harcourt, Justice Adolphus  Enebeli while presenting his  report to Gov Nyesom Wike, said the building approval process at the Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning is a mangled mess of  procedures.

He said that the gory details of the videos is enough  to force out tears from the strongest of men.

Justice Enebeli said from research findings, the current  commission of inquiry is the most incisive  x-ray  of the operation of the Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning.  He said past efforts were ad-hoc in nature.

He urged Governor Wike  not to allow the report to be confined to the dustbin of  inaction, in deference  to those who died in the building collapse.

Reacting, Gov Wike declared  that any official indicted over the collapsed  7-storey building at Woji Road in New GRA, Port Harcourt  will be duly prosecuted.

He spoke during the presentation of Reports by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the 7-storey  building collapse at Woji road in New GRA, Port Harcourt and the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Management and Affairs of Integrated Medical Industries Limited (Auto Syringe Factory) at the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday, Governor  Wike  stated that his administration will  implement  the reports of the two commissions.

He announced the setting up of  a seven man White Paper Committee  to take immediate  steps for the implementation  of the recommendations  of the two commissions of Inquiry .

He said: “Let me assure you that we wouldn’t have wasted our time and resources setting up the commissions of inquiry . The reports will be duly implemented.

“Anybody indicted for the collapsed building will face the law. If you are connected to the deaths of people, we will prosecute  you for murder “.

He said that any government official serving or retired who is indicted will face the full weight of the law.

Governor Wike noted that the Rivers State Government will take direct measures to re-structure and professionalise the State Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning.

On the Integrated Medical Industries Limited (Auto Syringe Factory), Governor Wike  said that government cannot be taken for granted.

Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Management and Affairs of Integrated Medical Industries Limited (Auto Syringe Factory) , Justice Constance Douyle Green said the findings and recommendations  of her commission are contained  in a four-volume report.

While hoping  that the Rivers State Governor will implement the report, Justice Green said the recommendations  of the Commission of Inquiry  were in line with its 10-point terms of reference.

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