Founder of Reigners Bible Church which collapsed in Uyo last month, Rev Akan Weeks, has absolved himself of any blame, saying tragedy was not his fault.
He also stressed that contrary to allegations by supervisory authorities, the building was never marked for demolition over faulty construction.
Speaking at the Commission of Inquiry investigating the causes of the tragedy, Weeks said he received an approval to commence the construction of the site.
“The fault is not mine and I cannot own it up that I am the cause. I cannot apologise for something I cannot own up to. I am a man of God. I don’t believe in lies. We applied. That was in 2014. I applied with all the documents required. We applied through writing and there were other
documents which I gave to them like the survey plan; structural design and so on,” he said.
The pastor who denied the claim by the UCCDA’s head of Town Planning Department, Effiong Akpan, that the church building had been marked for demolition five different times, said at no time did UCCDA officials marked the building for demolition.
“They (UCCDA) did not mark the building for demolition. Officials of UCCDA never came to mark ‘X’ to the church building. I never authorized anybody to remove the central pillar. I am not competent to do so because I am a layman,” he said.
Weeks said the contract sum for the roofing of the collapsed church building was N26 million and that several experts bided for the job after which the church gave the job to one Mr. Idonreyin Daniel of White Steel Integrated Services.
“As soon as we got to the roofing stage, we made it open to the public. Some professionals came and tendered their quotations and we settled for Idonreyin White of White Steel Integrated Services,” he said.
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