A new 10,000 capacity of the Immaculate Catholic Cathedral Church still undergoing construction collapsed on Thursday, June 11, 2015 leaving no less than 5 people injured in Lokoja, Kogi State.
According to Rev. Anthony Akande, the Cathedral Administrator, the accident happened when the workers took a break. But thankfully the accident did not produce any casualties. He also alleged that a team of visiting engineers from Abuja to the church had given the work that had been done so far a pass mark and that the project currently had eight supervising engineers which made the collapse of the building an unfortunate incident and a total surprise.
Deputy governor of the state, Mr. Yomi Awoniyi, who was at the scene of the collapse ordered all work on the church building to be put on hold. He also said that construction would only resume when a report from the committee set up by the government to ascertain the reason for the collapse has been submitted. He also termed the collapse of the church building as unfortunate.
He said, “The collapse could have been caused by several factors, which would be unraveled at the end of the committee’s probe.” The deputy governor therefore enjoined the committee made up of several experts from the state government to speed up their investigation into the cause of the collapse.
He sympathised with the victims of the collapse and the church adding that the report was needed to help prevent future recurrence of such accidents.