(Nigeria Trends) The St. Roberts Catholic Church, Adamgbe, Benue is to spend N2.69 million in the burial of its 22 members, who died when the church building collapsed during the Easter night vigil.
The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Cosmos Jooli, gave the figure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Adamgbe Mbayong in Vandeikya Local Government Area of Benue
Jooli said that the amount included the cost of caskets, mortuary bills, ambulance charges, entertainment and preparing the graves.
He said that the deceased would all be buried on Friday in the church premises.
He said that the initial estimate of N2.5 million the parish gave to Gov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue as the cost of treatment and burial was inadequate.
“We have discovered that the amount is inadequate because so many other things were omitted in the initial estimate.”
The cleric said that the church had already spent N364,950 on medical treatment for those that survived the incident.
“For instance, we were given an initial estimate for their treatment, but have discovered that the cost of treatment keeps increasing.
“Some of them have been referred to other hospitals in the state, while others are still undergoing treatment.”
He said that the survivors, who were 26 in number, had been undergoing treatment at St. Elizabeth Hospita and St. Monica Hospital, Vandeikya and Adikpo respectively.
Jooli said that some were had been discharged, while many were still on admission in the two hospitals.
The pastor regretted that church services were now being held in the open since the collapse of the church.
He said that he had not received any donations for the re-construction of the church, adding that such donations would be handled by the Bishop.
NAN reports that there were 22 newly-dug graves awaiting the burial of the deceased at the premises of the collapsed church. (NAN)
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