The Rivers State Government has said the demolition of the Rivers State House of Assembly Complex is due to structural defects.
The announcement was made in a statement issued by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Joseph Johnson.
The statement said that the decision to demolish the complex was made after a visit by the Governor to inspect the level of damage done to the building on the day of the fire incident.
“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,” said Mr. Johnson.
The statement also said that the government had tried all cost-saving measures towards the repair of the complex but ultimately decided to rebuild it.
“In the interim, the Rivers State Government has provided an alternative venue for the House of Assembly to conduct their affairs pending the rebuilding of the complex,” the statement added.