The Akwa Ibom State Government has sympathized with the families of the victims of the collapsed church building, Reigners Bible Church International in Uyo on Saturday.
The state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, who was a participant in the church service, escaped uninjured when the church building breakdown.
The governor was the special guest of honour at the elevation and consecration service of the founder of the church, Apostle Akan Weeks, to the rank of bishop.
In a statement, Emmanuel’s Chief Press Secretary, Ekerete Udoh, said the state government would constitute a panel of inquiry into the cause of the accident.
Emmanuel was quoted as having said the inquiry was necessary to forestall a re-occurrence of such incident and to bring to book persons found to have compromised professional standards in the construction of the building.
Udoh said the governor was touched by the unfortunate incident and personally supervised the rescue operations and evacuation of the injured to the hospital.
He said the state government would foot the bill for the medical treatment of all the victims of the collapsed church building.
Udoh appealed to citizens of the state to remain calm, pray for those injured and avoid undue speculations as the situation was being given the best possible attention