Rivers - President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday directed immediate provision of relief materials to the survivors of the fuel tanker explosion at Okobe in Rivers.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said Jonathan had also directed that those who were injured be given prompt and effective medical attention.
The statement indicated that appropriate federal agencies were already coordinating efforts to give effect to the presidential order.
``The President is deeply saddened by the loss of many lives caused by an explosion resulting from the leakage of fuel from a fallen tanker at Okobe, Rivers State today.
``President Jonathan is particularly distraught by the fact that once again, so many Nigerian lives have been lost in an avoidable fuel fire disaster.
``He conveys his sincerest condolences to the families of the victims, and the government and people of Rivers State’’, Abati said
95 persons were killed while many others were injured in the explosion which occurred while the victims were scooping fuel from a fallen tanker at Okobe in Ahoada West LGA.
Gov. Rotimi Amaechi was at the State House attending the Council of State meeting when news of the accident was reported.
The governor immediately left the meeting to attend to the incident.