By Dennis UdomaUYO-Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has declared a two day state-wide mourning from Sunday to Monday in honour of the victims of the collapsed building collapsed at Reigners' Bible Church in Uyo last Saturday.
The two days of mourning by the state government however, coincides with the Federal Government's Muslim holiday on Monday also to mark Eid' Maulud, the birth of Prophet Mohammed.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Ekerete Udoh also directed all flags to be hoist at half-mast within the state.
'The Government of Akwa Ibom State has declared Sunday, December 11 and Monday, December 12, 2016 as days of mourning in honour of the victims of the collapse of The Reigners' Bible Church building in Uyo.
''To this end, all flags will fly at half-mast within the state.
''The 2-day mourning period will be rounded off with a Solemn Assembly at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, Uyo on Monday December 12, 2016 by 4.pm prompt''.
Governor Emmanuel urged all citizens and friends of the state to continue to pray for the speedy recovery of those affected by the tragic incident.
Meanwhile, the official dead toll of the fateful incident as released by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), has risen to 23, while a huge number of persons sustained various degrees of injury.
State Chairman of NMA, Dr. Aniekeme Uwah in a statement made available to the media said, ''Reports from the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) show that 21 people were Brought In Dead (BID), while 2 out of the 23 that were undergoing treatment died due mainly to severe bleeding (One of the victims is reported to have been transfused with 9 pints of blood).