- The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) tells churches to stop holding worship services inside buildings under construction to avoid a repeat of the Uyo church collapse
- CAN calls for sanctions to be meted out to those who are responsible for the construction of buildings with substandard materials across the country
- The religious body urges Christians all over the world to pray for the victims that survived the Uyo church collapse and the families of the bereaved
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged churches across the country to desist from holding services in uncompleted buildings following the tragedy that occurred at the Reigners Bible Church Int’l Inc, Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
The Reigners Bible Church collapsed on Saturday, December 10, during a service held to consecrate the founding pastor, Akan Weeks, as a Bishop.
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Many people died as a result of the church collapse but there has been conflicting figures over the number of deaths recorded.
However, CAN has cautioned churches to stop the idea of holding worship services inside buildings under construction to avoid a repeat of the incident.
The Punch reports that the religious body gave the warning in a statement by the general secretary of CAN, Dr. Musa Asake.
He said: "We advise churches to discourage the idea of holding worship service inside buildings under construction to avoid a repeat of the avoidable tragedy. We call on the NSE and other relevant bodies to check the construction of buildings with substandard materials," the CAN secretary said.
Asake also called for sanctions to be meted out to those who are responsible for the construction of buildings with substandard materials across the country which has been partly adduced as the reasons for the church collapse.
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He said: “It is no more news that buildings often collapse in the country as a result of contractors using substandard materials coupled with people building without government approvals and thorough supervision by the relevant agencies."
The CAN secretary welcomed the prompt intervention of Governor Udom Emmanuel in setting up an inquiry to investigate if anyone compromised building standards at the Reigners Bible Church.
He called on Christians all over the world should join pray for the victims that survived the incident and the families of the bereaved.
Meanwhile, there is mourning across Uyo, the capital city of Akwa Ibom state as casualties are still being recorded following the collapse of Reigners Bible Church building in the city on Saturday, December 10.
The Governor of the state, Emmanuel Udom, has declared a two day mourning for the dead. He was among those who narrowly escaped death by the whiskers.
According to reports, one of his protocol officers, pushed him out but could not escape before the building fell on them.