The Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority on Friday sealed the premises of the headquarters of The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement in Enugu over erosion threats.
The church, built along the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, is under threat from Ekulu River passing at the back of the building.
Executive Chairman of ECTDA, Dr Josef Onoh, in a statement said, “The decision to seal the church was to save lives and property, avert a recurrence of building collapse in the state and ensure that appropriate measures are taken immediately to remedy the dangerous situation in the church.”
Onoh said his agency had directed the leaders of the church to liaise with the state chapter of the Nigerian Society of Engineers to reassess the level of damage done by the flood and recommend appropriate engineering measures to be applied to fortify the church building for public safety and reclaim the wrecked structures on the church premises.
The agency chief said, “There has been a public outcry, especially from residents living at the bank of Ekulu River, GRA, adjacent to The Lord’s Chosen Church, over the imminent danger posed by the worship centre built on the waterway on their property.”
“The ECTDA served “stop-work” and “remove” notices on the ongoing construction work on the premises of the church, which were ignored until the recent flood that wreaked havoc on foundation of the church building to the point of imminent collapse.”
Onoh said that “a technical team from ECTDA and the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Enugu State branch, will commence immediate evaluation of the integrity and stability of all buildings within the State Capital Territory”.
While, he expressed concern over illegal construction works on the waterway, appealed to residents to always adhere strictly to rules and regulations guiding structural development in the state, in order to save lives and avert damage to property.