The Delta State Government has claimed that the collapsed St. Paul Catholic Church, Ugolo, Adagbrasa in Okpe local government area of the state, was built 100 years ago.
This was contained in the preliminary report by the delegation on inquiry into the collapsed structure Sunday morning.
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 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.
The governor has reportedly directed that adequate medical attention be given to the survivors of the unfortunate building collapse.