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Fuel tanker fire: Gov Amaechi visits victims

16 July 2012, 07:28

 Rivers - Rivers Governor Chibuike Amaechi says he has no words to express his shock and grief after the tanker fire which claimed many lives.

More than 100 people lost their lives at Okogbe, Ahoada West Local Government Area while scooping fuel from a fallen Tanker.

Amaechi made the remark at Okogbe on Sunday when he visited the traditional ruler of the community, Chief Joshua Eyiba.

He said he was pained at the loss of lives caused by the tanker explosion.

"It is with a lot of grief that I have come to visit you. I would say to you that I am confused.

"I don't know exactly how to condole you because the people who are dead now, as huge as the number is, are also Rivers people that I superintend over. Therefore, I am as pained as you are.

"What do I tell you, what do I tell the community, knowing none of us has the capacity to bring back to lives of those who were burnt to death."

Amaechi said the tanker fire was tragic and devastating and that there was still need to enlighten the people of the state not to ever take the risk of scooping petroleum products wherever they might be found.

"There is a need for enlightenment, that people should know that no matter how bad it is for anybody, it is better to be alive than to go pursuing death.

"Let this tragedy not happen to us again. Let the fight against poverty not be so desperate as to take as many lives as it has sadly taken with this single fire incident."

Amaechi said that as Christians, we should leave to God what has happened and continue to pray to God not to allow this unfortunate incident to happen again.

"I want to express my deep condolences to you and to the community. The State Government will continue to take care of the medical needs of those who survived and are in our hospitals.

"We will continue to do that until they are okay and strong enough to leave. I have directed the commissioner for Special Duties to seek out and identify the families of the victims.

"As a government, we will sit down and look at what we can do for them, to assist them in some way to cushion the effects of this tragic incident on their lives.’’

Amaechi reiterated government’s determination to provide electricity for all rural areas in the State.

In his remarks, Chief Joshua Eyiba, said that his people had been mourning those who lost their lives in the unfortunate fire disaster.

He thanked Governor Amaechi for coming to sympathise with them.

Earlier, Governor Amaechi was taken round the scene of the fire by Mr Asita, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ahoada, East/West Federal constituency.

Amaechi also visited the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) to sympathise with victims receiving treatment at the hospital.

He assured that the State government would continue to do all it could for them.



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