The commission of inquiry constituted by the Rivers State Government to probe the collapse of a seven-storey building in Port Harcourt has said it will recommend the sanitation of the state Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning.
Speaking at the end of the public hearing on Wednesday, the Chairman of the five-man panel, Justice Adolphus Enebeli, stated that its recommendation would help to assuage the feelings of the families, who lost their loved ones to the catastrophic collapse.
Justice Enebeli added that the commission would recommend to Governor Nyesom Wike that errant officials be sanctioned as well as expose the main causes of the collapse and ways to avoid similar occurrences in the future.
He said, “Now that the public hearing has ended, we will review the evidence, oral and documentary, and make our recommendations to the Governor of Rivers State, who appointed us. He has the discretion to accept or reject any of our recommendations.
“We are going to recommend that the Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning be sanitised; that place requires a surgical operation and in that operation, there must be blood so that the system can function optimally and with less concern.
“We have 18 terms of reference on writing our recommendations and report, which will centre on the main causes and measures to minimise this kind of catastrophic collapse, as well as proffering appropriate sanctions for errant officials.
“We are not against the innocent. Whoever is innocent, we have nothing to do with you. But those who are culpable, appropriate measures will be recommended against them.”
Enebeli promised that the recommendations of the commission would assuage the grief of the bereaved families and thanked the governor for the opportunity given to the members to serve.
He added, “At this point, we take this occasion to thank the governor for finding us worthy of appointment and for the characteristically swift action he took and the provision of the necessary enablement for us to efficiently carry out this assignment.
“We assure all that we will come up with recommendations that will assuage the feelings of the people, especially the bereaved families, and to make sure that the proper thing is done to contain their bereavement.”