Vice-President, Osinbajo visits Onitsha, laments deaths, losses in tanker fire

It was reported that  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday visited the scene of the Onitsha tanker fire disaster in Anambra State.

He said he was on sympathy visit, saying “every Nigerian citizen matters to the Federal Government no matter his status or where he resides.”

Osinbajo, who arrived about 4.10pm, accompanied by his host, Chief Willie Obiano, and the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Dr. Chris Ngige, said President Muhammadu Buhari was very concerned and pained by the fuel tanker tragedy.

He added that the President felt that it was not enough to send a condolence message and therefore had asked him to come and commiserate with the people of Anambra State.

The Vice President said, “I came on the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was greatly disturbed by the unfortunate accident.

“He asked me to come and first commiserate with Governor Obiano and Anambra people. He was very concerned that he felt it was not enough to issue a condolence message and so asked me to come and commiserate with the people.

“I have been taken round to see the heroic action of the hospital staff and those involved in emergency. Unfortunately, many lost their lives, but some have seen today and are responding to treatment.”

On arrival, Osinbajo visited Toronto Hospital, where some of the patients of the accident were receiving treatment and condoled with them.

He told a large crowd that gathered around the Asaba Park, scene of the accident, that he had also been discussing with Obiano on possible ways of the Federal Government cooperating with Anambra State to forestall further accident.

He commended the governor for undertaking to settle the hospital bills of the victims.
Obiano gave the casualty figure at 42 deaths and 17 injured.

He also said Anambra State Government had banned long trucks and petrol tankers from plying the roads in Anambra during the day.

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