Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara on Thursday visited the scene of Wednesday morning’s tanker explosion in Jebba, Moro Local Government Area of the state to commiserate with the victims of the disaster.
The governor, while speaking with newsmen after the visit, described the incident as painful.
“The incident is very disturbing and we have to come down to see the extent of the destruction.
“It’s far more than what we thought. The inferno engulfed many houses. It affects about 43 houses,” AbdulRazaq told reporters after inspection.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor was accompanied on the inspection tour by the speaker of the Kwara House of Assembly, Danladi Salihu; Sen. Yahya Oloriegbe representing Kwara Central Sen. Sadiq Umar (North) and some other top government functionaries.
AbdulRazaq said the government would come to the aid of the victims within available resources, a day after he directed the State Emergency Management Agency to identify the victims and document the losses.
“We just need to come to the rescue of our people who lost properties. Some people also lost their lives. May their souls rest in peace,” the governor said.
He also commended the Federal Government for the infrastructure projects sited in the state.
The governor said the administration would continue to push for more, especially the dredging of the River Niger and timely completion of ongoing road projects.
“We thank the federal government for signing the contract for the dualisation of Ilorin – Jebba road.
“The federal government is trying to dualise this road, but funding is a challenge because of COVID-19.
“We hope the road will be fully put in the budget next year and the funding released so that the dualisation will commence. From here to Mokwa is one of the best and busiest roads in Nigeria.
“We thank President Muhammadu Buhari for investing in road infrastructure,”the governor said.
AbdulRazaq assured the persons of immediate support to alleviate their sufferings.
NAN reports that no fewer than six persons were confirmed dead in the fuel tanker explosion that also destroyed many houses and shops. (NAN)