By Dirisu Yakubu
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Thursday expressed shock over the petroleum tanker explosion in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital which resulted in the death of about 30 persons.
The PDP in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja expressed worry over the slow pace of response by concerned authorities, saying “our party is extremely distressed by this horrid and traumatizing incident, which, in a very painful manner, cut short the lives of hardworking compatriots, brought instant anguish to families and painful material losses to many.
“It is even more disturbing that the fire raged without any intervention by authorities, which would have helped mitigated the effect.
“Indeed, the absence of fire and other emergency facilities around the area, despite the frequent occurrence of such accidents in the past signposts the failure and insensitivity of both the federal and Kogi state governments towards the dangers that daily confront the people.
“Also, the major theatre of medical intervention in the state, the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Lokoja, had been under locks over a needless controversy on COVID-19.”
The party also flayed the Kogi state government for what it called “lame excuses,” it offered for its inability to assist the victims on time.
“The recklessness of the state government has also increased the fatalities of the number of victims affected in the ugly incident.
“Furthermore, our party is shocked by the response of the Kogi state deputy governor, Edward Onoja, who, instead of assuring of a definite step to safeguard the lives of the people in the area, dwelt on lame excuses, when he visited the scene of the accident.
“The PDP demands the federal government to put instant traffic measures to forestall such accidents as well as immediately establish emergency facilities in the area.
“Our party also calls on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fasola, to leave the comfort of their offices in Abuja and immediately visit the area as well as undertake a tour of our highways to witness the sorry state of infrastructure across our country, under their administration.
“Indeed, the PDP mourns. Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of the victims of this accident as well as others who have perished in various road accidents due to the horrible state of our roads.
“The PDP commiserates with the families of the victims, the Kogi State Polytechnic, parents of the school children as well as the entire people of Kogi state.
“Our party prays God to grant the bereaved families the fortitude to bear their grief as well as speedy recovery for the wounded,” the statement read.