The tanker accident and subsequent explosion that resulted in multiple fatalities on the Warri-Benin motorway on Sunday was attributed by Delta State Governor Sheriff Oborevwori to the state’s shoddy federal highways.
In his letter of condolence to the families of the tragic incident’s victims, the governor made this statement.
Twenty people at the very least were burned as a result of the tanker explosion that happened on Sunday near the highway’s Koko junction, as TheTimesonline.ng previously reported.
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In response, Governor Oborevwori expressed sympathy to the relatives of the victims of the tragic occurrence in a statement released by his chief press secretary, Sir Festus Ahon, but also criticised the federal government and urged it to act quickly to fix the roads.
He said: “In the early hours of today, we got information that an explosion occurred at Koko junction along the Warri-Benin expressway.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I commiserate with families of the victims who lost their lives to the inferno.
“This sad and unfortunate incident would have been avoided if the Federal Government had lived up to their responsibility of maintaining their roads.
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“While I mourn the deceased, I use this medium to reiterate my earlier call on the Federal Government to save the lives of our people from these harrowing experiences.
“I also use this medium to advise our people to refrain from the dangerous act of scooping fuel from a fallen tanker because of the highly inflammable nature of the product”.
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