Reps to investigate Ondo fuel tanker explosion

The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, resolved to set-up an ad hoc committee to investigate the fuel tanker explosion at Ore in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State, that claimed over 30 lives.

The motion of urgent public importance was moved by Festus Ayodele Adefiranye, lawmaker representing Ileluji/Okeigbo/Odigbo federal constituency of Ondo state, during plenary.

According to Rep. Adefiranye, the unfortunate loss of over thirty lives including that of a pregnant woman, three children and at least twenty- five (25) other persons on Sunday, July 23, 2023, when a tanker laden with Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) lost control at Ore town in Odigbo Local government area of Ondo state.

The House said there was need to know the cause of the incident with a view of proffering solutions and preventing recurrence in other parts of the country.

The committee was asked to report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

The lawmaker stated that apart from the deaths recorded, other people sustained different degrees of injuries, while over ten (10) vehicles and fifteen (15) buildings destroyed.

The motion reads: “Disturbed that dangerous and arbitrary parking by truck drivers thereby limiting the free flow of vehicular movement on the highway have led to loss of many lives on the road.

“Concerned at the recurrence of the incidents across the country and wonder if the drivers of those inflammable content are qualified to drive such cargo and have been trained in immediate safety precautions.

“Also Concerned that the affected persons will need the support of the government agencies responsible for emergencies cases”.

Source : Vanguard

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