Rivers Stated Government has vowed that the full weight of the law would fall on any one indicted in the unfortunate collapse if a Seven-storey building which claimed lives of nine persons at phase 2 GRA, Port Harcourt.
The state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, made the vow last Friday when the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the seven-story building Collapse at Woji Road in Phase 2 GRA, Port Harcourt and the Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Management and Affairs of Integrated Medical Industries Limited ( Auto Syringe Factory) presented their reports in Government House Port Harcourt.
Wike said: “ Anybody indicted for the collapsed seven- storey building will face the law. If you connected to the deaths of people, we will prosecute you for murder”.
The governor further stressed that any government official serving or retired who is indicted will face the full weight of the law.
He said that the state government will restructure and professionalise the state Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning for more effective delivery.
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, assuring that the reports would be fully implemented.
Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry to investigate the seven- storey building collapse, Justice Adolphus Enebeli, in his presentation remarked that the approval process at the Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning is a mangled mess of procedures.
Enebeli noted the gory details of the videos is enough to force out tears from the strongest of men.
The commission’s chairman, said from research findings, the current commission of inquiry is the most incisive x- ray of the if the operation of the Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning, noting that past efforts were ad-hoc in nature.
Enebeli urged the governor not to allow the report to be confined to the dustbin of inaction in view of those who died in the building collapse.
On the Commission of Inquiry to Investigate the the Management and Affairs of Integrated Medical Industries Limited ( Auto Syringe Factory), Justice Constance Douyle Green, said that the findings and recommendations are contained in a four-volume report.
She said the recommendations of the the commission were in line with its 10- point terms of reference.