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