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APGA chieftan seeks relocation of motor parks to less crowded areas

05 June 2015, 20:41

Onitsha - A member of APGA Board of Trustees, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka, has urged the Federal and Anambra state governments to relocate motor parks to less crowded areas in the state.

He spoke against the backdrop of the May 31 fire incident involving a tanker laden with 33,000 litres of petrol which claimed 69 lives at Upper Iweka axis on Onitsha-Enugu road.

The accident also left more than 50 people with various degrees of injuries.

Ezeonwuka told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Oba, near Onitsha, on Friday, that in most civilised countries, parks were located far from major roads.

Ezeonwuka symphathised with the families of victims that lost their lives in the accident, and prayed God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

"Yes, this park on the centre of the road is wrong.

Also read: Up to 70 killed in Onitsha fuel tanker crash

"I believe that government has to do a lot of things to regularise where parks are supposed to be.

"A park don’t supposed to be on the centre of the road; that of Asaba (park) is on the centre of the road.

"The (government) need to use the opportunity now to re-organise where the parks are supposed to be and where a park supposed not to be.

"That loading and off-loading on a highway is wrong to be a park.

"So this time around, something had happened for something to be corrected; so this (Onitsha tanker accident) is an eye opener.

"And on this note, I sympathise with all the families that lost their dear ones in this inferno and this tragedy.’’

The APGA chieftain commended the state government for its swift response and care for the victims.

"I must commend Gov. Obiano for taking care of the medical bills of the wounded victims of the incident, not minding that most of them are residents of Delta State,’’ he said.

Ezeonwuka also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for showing great concern over the incident through his consoling words to the victims, Anambra people and government.

"Indeed, President Muhammadu Buhari sending the vice president to Upper Iweka, shows that every Nigerian matters notwithstanding place, time and political inclinations,’’ he said. 



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