Nsukka - Mr Desmond Eze, a
human right lawyer, says the builders of the collapsed church building in Uyo
should be prosecuted.
Blaming incessant collapsed buildings in the country on poor
materials usage and quacks in building profession, he insisted that handlers of
such buildings should, nonetheless, be held responsible.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recall that Reigners Bible
Church, Uyo, collapsed on Saturday in which hundreds of people died and many
He called on Gov. Mr Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom to arrest
the contractor of the building for prosecution.
“Until fake building contractors and those who sell
substandard building materials in this country are being arrested, prosecuted
and jailed, cases of building collapse will continue.
“What happened on Saturday in Uyo where innocent worshipers
lost their lives is unfortunate.
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“Corruption is not only when one embezzles public fund but
when one compromises standard and exposes other people to danger is a bigger
corruption and should be punished,’’ he said.
He urged Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and other
stakeholders in building profession to rise to the challenge by ensuring that
only certified building contractors were allowed to handle building projects in
He also said relevant government ministry should collaborate
with NSE to take audit of commercial, public and residential buildings across
“Its time for government and relevant stakeholders in the
country to tell Nigerians buildings that are fit and ones that are unfit for
living to avert further loss of lives and property in future in building
collapse,’’ he said.