Following the Wednesday early morning demolition of the Rivers State House of Assembly hallowed chamber by bulldozers numbering over eight, raising speculations as to who authorised the demolition, the Rivers State Government has owned up to demolition of the Rivers State House of Assembly Complex, stating that the aim was to rebuild it due to the structural defects occasioned mainly as a result of the recent explosion and fire incident which rendered the main building unfit for human use.
A statement issued by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information Mr Joseph Johnson on Wednesday, said following 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 advice the government on the integrity of the building.
Johnson recalled that on the night of the attack on the complex on October 29, explosive dynamites were used to attack the complex which shook the building to its foundation adding that there were visible cracks on the walls afterwards, and the entire structure looked frail and unsafe for legislative business.
Johnson said, “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”, he said, noting that the government had tried all cost saving measures towards repair of the complex until it bowed to superior view of rebuilding the complex to a more befitting edifice.
The Information Commissioner, noted that in the interim, the Rivers State Government had provided an alternative venue for the House of Assembly to conduct their affairs pending the rebuilding of the complex.