President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of a mother and her child as a result of an oil tanker accident on Wednesday in Onitsha, in Anambra State.
This was contained in a statement signed on Thursday by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.
President Buhari said: “I am profoundly touched by the sight of the charred remains of an innocent mother and her child who are victims of this tragedy.”
According to the President, “I also extend my sympathy to other victims of the explosion whose houses, shops and other property were destroyed in the mishap.”
The President explained that, “while I express sadness over this tragedy, I must at the same time call for urgent action on the part of those concerned to stem these frequent fatal disasters on public roads.”
According to him, “safety precautions and routine maintenance are taken for granted by vehicle owners.”
No fewer than 40 buildings, ranging from two-storey to four-storey buildings were also razed in the explosion.
“I call on the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Road Safety Commission and other stakeholders to urgently address the issue of safety standards in the country, with a view to stemming the embarrassing frequency of these tragedies”, the President added.
It was reported that the petrol tanker exploded in the upper Iweka axis of Onitsha in Anambra State after falling off its lane, killing a woman and her child.
Over 500 lock-up shops were also gutted by the fire along the Iweka street leading to Ochanja and Menax market.
The tanker’s head reportedly fell off and went up in flames after spilling its content within the area.