GOVERNOR ABIODUN WEEPS OVER OTA PETROL TANKER INFERNO, PICKS HOSPITAL BILLS OF VICTIMS
The emotional Governor who was conducted round the scene by Commander of Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE),Seni Ogunyemi, while addressing residents of Sango toll gate axis, where the incident occurred commiserated with victims of the inferno, saying his government will take over medical bills of the surviving victims.
Penpushing further reports that, Abiodun ordered the transfer of victims to tertiary healthcare facilities in Lagos and Abeokuta, noting that the Federal Government should accede to the demands of both the Lagos and Ogun state governments to reconstruct the road to stem the incessant accident in the axis.
“I am most distressed by the news of the midnight inferno at the Sango toll gate, which was the result of an accident by a fuel laden truck. It is heart breaking that many lives were lost in addition to properties running into millions of naira’, Abiodun lamented.
“This sad occurrence has made our quest to take over the management of this road more compelling. The incessant road mishap around the toll gate axis is avoidable. While I commiserate with those who lost their loved ones and property, we shall do everything humanly possible to forestall future recurrence.”
The Governor prayed for the repose of the soul of the dead and called for caution on the part of motorists conveying fuel and other explosive products across roads with heavy vehicular movement and human traffic.
“May I use this opportunity to once again plead that the Federal Government should approve the request of both the Ogun and Lagos State Governments to take this all-important Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta expressway over,” he said.
Penpushing also reports that, the Governor said firefighters and officers of Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) and sister agencies have since been on ground, putting out the fire, easing its effects on traffic and attending to victims.
The Governor reassured the people that the joint efforts with the Lagos State Government will be intensified, to take over the road from the Federal Government in order to bring in the needed succor.
“Once the road is taken over, expedited action will be taken to immediately begin reconstruction, so that there may be easy movement of goods and person, and consequently, a reduction in the occurrence of accidents of this nature,” he added.