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Reps To Investigate Fuel Tanker Explosion In Benue

11 July 2019 News

The House of the Representatives has sought to avert a
recurrence of the fire incident involving a tanker laden with petroleum on the first of July in Benue state.

The fire is reported to have claimed more than one hundred lives.

The house also Wednesday called on the federal government to make emergency repairs on all trunk ‘A’ roads across the country to prevent recurrence of similar situation, as well as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and other stakeholders to provide relief materials to victims of the incident.

The resolution was fallout of a motion by Hon Mark Gbillah, who noted that the dilapidated state of federal roads traversing Benue state have become death traps for decades, adding that while contracts for the rehabilitation of some were awarded, including the road that the accident occurred, “no progress has been made”.

Mark Gbillah sponsored the motion which urged the Federal Ministry of power, works and housing to produce a supplementary budget for the commencement of work on the Makurdi-Ankpa road.

Mr. Ajilesoro Taofeek from Osun state also canvassed compensation for the victims of the fire which gutted Oja Tuntun, the largest market in Ife

The tanker, carrying a capacity-full Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS), reported fell on its side while avoiding a pothole, and subsequently exploded in flames on people trying to scoop the product, and a bus carrying passengers, a development that led to the high number of casualties.


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