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Atiku mourns Nnewi gas fire victims

28 December 2015, 08:43Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has urged government and stakeholders in Anambra State to prioritise safety in an effort to prevent a recurrence of accidents.

This follows a gas factory fire at Inter Corp Oil Limited in Nnewi, which claimed scores of lives, with at least 100 feared dead, and destroyed properties recently.

“The economic progress being witnessed in the area is one that every patriotic Nigerian and the Federal Government wishes and supports for other towns in the country. Therefore, it is unfortunate and grim gas fire accident should not be allowed to dampen the enthusiasm and entrepreneurial drive of the people towards industrialization and progress,” Abubakar said.

“I call on the state and local governments, business community, and entrepreneurs in the area to take the issue of industrial safety and accident prevention and management seriously,” the chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said.

Also Read: Nine killed in Nnewi gas plant blast

He recalled that Nnewi in Anambra State had recently been growing as a busy and dynamic commercial and industrial enclave boosting the economy of the nation and providing employment for its teeming population.

Abubakar said the accident was more agonising because it came at a time when the victims like other Nigerians were looking forward to celebrating with their families and friends at the Yuletide and ‘Eid-el-Maulud celebrations.

He extended his heartfelt condolence to the families and relations of the victims, the Anambra State government and people and Nigerians at large.

Abubakar also prays for the peaceful repose of the soul of the victims and expressed the hope that such a gruesome accident would not happen again.

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