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REPORT: Collapsed Catholic Church in Delta State was built 100 years ago

Valentine Chinyem

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Investigations by the Delta State Government delegation, have shown that the collapsed building of St. Paul Catholic Church, Ugolo, Adagbrasa in Okpe local government area of the state, was built about 100 years ago.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s media aide, Charles Aniagwu quoted the leader of the delegation and 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 ocassioned 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, while condoling with the parish and family of the deceased, expressed shock over the incident.

He said in the statement: “This is indeed a very sad and unfortunate incident. On behalf of the Government and people of Delta. I commiserate with the family of the deceased and those injured”.

Okowa also condoled with the Speaker of Delta House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, Chairman of Okpe Local Government Council, Julius Scott.The Orodje of Okpe, retired Maj.- Gen. Felix Mujakperuo and Ugolo community in Okpe Kingdom over the incidence.

“It is our prayer that the soul of the deceased will rest in peace, and the injured will experience quick recovery.

“Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the people of Ugolo in Okpe Kingdom over this tragedy,” he said.

The statement also said, the state government has promised to the foot the bills of those injured in the incident.

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