The Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has said that his government will offset the medical expense of the victims of Sunday’s collapse of St. Paul’s Catholic Church building, Ugolo, Adagbrasa in Okpe local government area of Delta State.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu, Governor Okowa directed that adequate medical attention must be given to survivors of the unfortunate building collapse.
According to prelimnary report by the Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, one person died from the incident, eleven were rushed to the hospital out of which seven have been treated and discharged while the remaining four were still undergoing treatment and were in stable conditions.
Aniagwu quoted 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,” the statement added.