The Rivers State Government said the reason for demolition of the State House of Assembly complex on Wednesday morning is because the building is unfit for lawmakers after fire gutted the building.
This development was disclosed in a statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, in Port Harcourt on Wednesday morning, after Bulldozers moved into the complex and began demolition of the facility located along Moscow Road, Port Harcourt, The Punch reports.
According to Johnson, it was due to the fire that gutted the complex and destroyed property worth millions of naira, which he said rendered the facility unfit for legislation.
Johnson also said the state government has already provided an alternative place for the lawmakers to carry on their affairs pending the rebuilding of the complex.
The statement read, “The Rivers State Government says the decision to demolish and rebuild the Rivers State House of Assembly Complex was due to the structural defects which arose mainly as a result of the recent explosion and fire incident which rendered the main building unfit for human use.
“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.