By Ben Nsemo
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock as fuel Tanker accident killed 23 people in Lokoja, Kogi State capital.
Sending a message of condolences to the victims and their families, the President in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, said “I am seriously worried about the frequency of these unfortunate and large scale tragedies in the country which cause needless deaths.”
He added that: “these frequent incidents that result in loss of lives and property are a national scandal caused by our indifference to safety standards.”
He explained that “many accidents are preventable if proper proactive and precautionary measures are put in place or properly observed as routine policies.”
The President regretted that “ours is a country where we move on whenever tragedies occur instead of taking preventive safety measures to forestall future calamities”.
President Buhari called on the country’s transport authorities, traffic and road management agencies as well as law enforcement officials to sit up and enforce safety standards with more seriousness, adding that “refusal to do the right thing can cause potential tragic problems that harm innocent people.”
According to him, “Nigeria is not having a shortage of laws and regulations, but our problem is lack of zeal to enforce those laws and regulations for the sake of public safety.”
PARADISE NEWS reports that the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC has confirmed the death of 23 people in a tragic accident that occurred on Wednesday in Lokoja.
The explosion claimed the lives of travellers, school children, bystanders, including some students of Kogi State Polytechnic.
Among those who lost loved ones were Idris Yusuf, whose six children were burnt to death in a car on their way to school, while Samson lost his wife and three children in the crash.
Eyewitnesses said the accident took place after the driver of the tanker apparently lost control, causing him to collide with a series of vehicles, where at least five of them were burnt.
Residents feared that the death toll could rise to more than 50, given the large number of people on the side of the road waiting to board taxis to their various destinations.
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