Nigeria: Collapsed Catholic Church building in Delta has no govt approval for expansion-Report
London, September 2, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The preliminary report by the Delta State Government inquiry into the collapsed St. Paul Catholic Church, Ugolo, Adagbrasa in Okpe local government area of the state, has found that the building repairs has no approval from the government
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s media aide, Charles Aniagwu quoted the leader of the inquiry who is also Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye as saying: “the church is a 100 years old church building and in an attempt to rebuild and expand the church, the old church building collapsed as a result of heavily soaked waters occasioned by the weight of worshippers who leaned against the walls while the early morning mass was on.
“While we pledge to pay the cost of treatment for the injured, people must ensure they seek necessary approvals before construction of buildings particularly public structures to avoid incidences such as this.”
Meanwhile, the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has said the State Government will undertake the medical treatment of the victims of the Sunday mishap.
An updated statement by Governor Okowa’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said the governor has directed that adequate medical attention be given to the survivors of the unfortunate building collapse.
News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that one person was killed and many others sustained various degrees of injuries following the collapse of St. Paul’s Catholic Church building at Ugolo, Adagbrassa community in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta on Sunday.
The reports added that the incident happened during an early morning Mass.
The deceased, Jeffrey Enukanerhirhe, an 11-year-old boy, was the son of former Minority Leader of Okpe Local Government Area, Mr Jackson Enukanerhire.
The deceased, who had since been buried in the church premises, was worshipping with his father when the incident happened.
The father of the deceased said that the incident occurred at about 7 a.m.
“I was inside the church when it happened. I was at the back and my son was playing Guitar when it happened.
“When it happened, I joined other members of the church to rescue people who were trapped unknown to me that my son was trapped also; it is a sad thing,” Enukanerhire said.
The Vice Chairman of the Community, Daniel Egiwie, who survived the incident, expressed regret over the death of the young boy.