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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Uyo Church Tragedy -Architect Says His Original Design Was Altered

The architect who designed the plan for the collapsed Reigners’ Bible Church, Mr. Abimbola Oke, said before the Commission of Inquiry in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State yesterday that he stands by his original design for the church.



Oke, who was cross-examined by the commission’s counsel, Mr. Friday Oke, stated that when he visited the site to check on the church’s founder and General Overseer, Apostle Akan Weeks, he noticed that the design had been altered.


According to him, during his visit, he told Weeks that what was implemented was at variance with the original design, adding that he urged him on the importance of adhering to the original design.


Oke, who is also a lecturer in the University of Uyo, explained that when he observed the building, he also noticed that not all the structural elements had been put in place including the gallery floor.
He said that he did not supervise the building project as had been alleged, noting that if he did, the church would have paid for it, having given the church a design that is worth N11.5m for free.


Asked why he chose to give out the service with such amount of money for free, Oke answered that, “That is not the first time I’m doing that kind of a thing; it is my belief that God can bless me; it is my act of service to God, and it has been proven over and over again.”

When asked if he designed the roof and the trusses, Oke replied that he was not the person who designed the roof and the trusses.
“Apostle Akan Weeks asked me to design a round or diagonal 5,000 sitting capacity auditorium plan for him. After the design, I took it to him and he said it was all right. As regards altering the design, I did not redesign any part of the building. I stand by my original design which included the basement floor.


“The apostle later asked me if I could supervise the building, but the church’s building committee chairman reacted to it by saying that they were going to build their church by themselves.
“Afterwards I visited Weeks at certain point in time and told him that what was in the design was not implemented. I also informed him of the importance of adhering to the original design,” he said.


Oke added that he understood that the site was sloping and that was why he introduced the basement floor to suit the site.

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22 comments:

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    1. Yes the blood of the innocents will cry out for justice!!!

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  2. hmmmmmmmm very painful. May God comfort the families of the bereaved and the wounded.

    Calabar witches and wizards on point

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    1. very stupid comment if i must say.

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    2. As in eh. very stupid comment. sometimes I wonder if she comments before thinking.

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  3. is that what u were told by ur bishop?@lovemejeje

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  4. We will get at nothing since that of synagogue church died without proper investigation

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  5. They must have skipped his designs and major structures to save cost of building but now what happened at last...wicked greedy people everywhere

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  6. Why are pastors always doing competition with eachother who wld erect the biggest church edifice ,who has the finest church, who has the largest amount of worshippers.

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  7. only God knows. I pray the bereaved families find comfort.

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  8. You must be stupid anon 12:07 i still stand by my comments.

    Calabar witches and wizards on point. You know your people flies in the afternoon even when the sun is very hot. Stop behaving like a goat.

    If you dont like my comment, jump and pass. Unam Ikot

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    1. If you so hate your fellow country folks whom you see, how can you say you love God whom you've never seen? Your hateful words and actions towards many of these groups speaks to a very closed and diseased mindset. Remember, hatred & evil equals witchcraft too. Unam inung

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    2. You don't even know Akwa Ibom and calabar are not the same

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  9. Apart from design alteration, I think the quality of materials used is the real cause of the collapse (I stand to be corrected).
    Most times the contractors/suppliers mix few original with plenty fake, and a layman wouldn't know the difference. The commission should do a thorough job, and culprits must face the music.
    RIP to the dead.

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    1. Ojeèkpunakimotoachòjenyijenyi-urvillagepeople17 January 2017 at 14:21

      From this testimony, the church building committee built the church without engaging a builder. A builder by virtues of his academic and professional training is to manage building production. He is trained to harness all the inputs of the built environment professionals to give a finished product.
      Be wise! Build rightly, engage a professional builder.

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  10. If what he is saying is the truth,all Nigerians have to learn from this,allow your architects to supervise the work and make sure the engineers follow the original design.a word is enuf for the wise!

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  11. Architects can design structure without roof?

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    1. There's a possibility of the architect not designing the roof. Meaning, the way the roof is structured may not be drawn in complex designs. Such roof design is referred to the structural engineer to design. By the way, I'm an architect.

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