The The Mount Zion Light House, Full Gospel Church located along Oron Road by Azikiwe Junction in Oron Local Government Area, has been given an order by the Akwa Ibom State Government to evacuate their building over impending danger.
The church is reported to be built along an expanding gully erosion, which is likely to give in very soon thereby causing disaster around the area.
To avert a looming tragedy and avoidable loss of lives of innocent congregants in the said Church, which may collapse into the gully, they have been asked to relocate to allow the state government carry out the necessary repairs on the affected spot.
Read the press statement below;
NOTICE OF EVACUATION / DEMOLITION
The attention of the Ministry of Works, Akwa Ibom State has again been drawn to the threat of a widening gully Erosion along Oron Road by Azikiwe Junction in Oron Local Government Area, which poses an imminent danger to property and lives in the area.
We however note with regret that, earlier appeals to The Mount Zion Light House, Full Gospel Church, located by the gully, to relocate and vacate the area, to enable the State Government undertake remedial measures to arrest the encroaching gully, which is a disaster waiting to happen have not been heeded by the said Church.
To avert a looming tragedy and avoidable loss of lives of innocent congregants in the said Church, which may collapse into the gully any moment from now, notice is hereby served to the Presbytery and members of the Mount Zion Light House, Full Gospel Church, Oron Road, that, the structure will be demolished in overriding public interest, to make way for urgent intervention in the area to arrest the Erosion menace.
Accordingly, the Church leadership are forthwith, advised to evacuate the premises without further delay as the State Government cannot afford to fold her arms and watch another tragedy befall the people. This Press Release serves as the final notification to all concerned.
Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen
Ministry of Works