No fewer than 800 of worshippers of the St. Paul Catholic Church, Ugolo, Adagbrasa in Okpe local government area of Delta State were Sunday morning trapped when the church building collapsed on them.
The State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has directed a delegation led by the State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, to visit the scene with the aim of unravelling the circumstances surrounding the collapse of the church building.
This is indeed a very sad and unfortunate incident. On behalf of the Government and people of Delta State, I commiserate with the family of the deceased and those injured, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Chairman of Okpe Local Government Council, Chief Julius Scott, the Orodje of Okpe, HRM, Orhue 1, Major Gen. Felix Mujakperuo (retd) and the entire Ugolo community in Okpe Kingdom over the unfortunate incidence.
“It is our prayer that the soul of the deceased will rest in peace, and that 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,”
However, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Sunday commiserated with the Delta State Government and the Nigerian Catholic Church over the collapse of St. Paul Catholic Church in Okpe Local Government Area.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki also stated that he would continue to monitor the situation and help ensure that all survivors receive necessary medical attention.
My prayers are with the worshipers, affected families, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and the people of Delta State on this morning’s collapse of St. Paul Catholic Church in Okpe LGA. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide assistance to see that survivors are rescued and treated.
“Right now, we must all come together as Muslims, Christians, people of faith, and most importantly, Nigerians to provide all necessary relief for the affected families and community.
“This tragedy affects us all and we join the Catholic community to mourn the deceased — even as rescue efforts are still underway ,” Saraki stated.