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Why We Demolished Assembly Complex – Rivers Govt

The Rivers State Government had defended its decision to demolish and rebuild the Rivers State House of Assembly Complex, saying it is due to the structural defects which arose mainly from the recent explosion.

He said the fire incident rendered the main building unfit for human use.

A statement issued by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Mr Joseph Johnson on Wednesday, said after the visit of the governor to inspect the level of damage done to the building on the day of the fire incident, it became necessary to invite professionals to advise the government on the integrity of the building.

Dynamites had been reportedly used to attack the complex, leading to visible cracks on the walls afterwards.

“After the assessment of the integrity of the complex, the experts warned the government that continuing to use the building in its present state would be disastrous.

“The government had tried all cost saving measures towards repair of the complex untill it bowed to superior view of rebuilding the complex to a more befitting edifice,” Johnson stated.

He said that the state government had provided an alternative venue for the House of Assembly to conduct their affairs pending the rebuilding of the complex.

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