Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has donated N1 million to victims of Onitsha hearth catastrophe.
Ngige, who was at Ochanja market, yesterday, to commiserate with merchants described the fireplace as big loss each humanly and materially. He mentioned the cash was his private donation to allow households who misplaced relations begin burials and deal with medical payments of these injured.
“This is an uncommon catastrophe, numerous lives misplaced, numerous retailers burnt, lots of people injured and in hospitals. I’ve guarantee the merchants that Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has visited right here on the instruction of Mr. President.
“We will rush reduction supplies right here by the zonal workplace of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). I’ll meet with the minister and talk about methods to transfer instantly to help the victims. We shall additionally try this together with the state authorities as a result of this occurred in a state. The state authorities ought to inform us what their power is and the place they can not meet up.
“Anambra House of Assembly should make laws to guard against such occurrence in the future. The state should equip fire service and make it functional.”
Ngige admonished GovernorWillie Obiano to discover new methods to stop disasters within the state.
Meanwhile, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, has expressed grief and fear over incessant gasoline tanker explosion resulting in many deaths in Onitsha.
The monarch in an announcement described the 2 hearth incidents as a tragedy: “Both instances have been on account of tankers laden with petrol that misplaced management, then, crashing and spilling their contents that ignited fires. The first was at Upper Iweka which prolonged to Ochanja market, leading to lack of lives and property. The second was recorded round Omagba space of Onitsha following comparable method.
“I share the grief of all these affected, and thank everybody, together with President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Willie Obiano, my fellow conventional rulers, leaders in the private and non-private sectors, and a number of bizarre residents, for his or her on the spot and big expression of sympathy and solidarity.
“This is the third main petrol tanker hearth in Onitsha since 2015. In May 2015, a tanker laden with petrol misplaced management and exploded in the identical neighborhood of the newest accident, killing about 60 individuals.
“In February 2017, another tanker laden with petrol crashed into the Mobil Petrol Station on the DMGS Roundabout and the consequent fire destroyed numerous homes and offices though, thankfully, no life was lost. There have been other major fires in the markets that dot the city.”