Rivers State Government To Prosecute Indicted Officials Over Collapsed 7-Storey Building

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that any official indicted over the collapsed 7-storey building at Woji road in New GRA, Port Harcourt will be duly prosecuted.

Speaking during the presentation of Reports by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government 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 7-storey building collapse at Woji road in New GRA, Port Harcourt, Justice Adolphus Enebeli while presenting his report 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 are 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 defence to those who died in the building collapse.

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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