The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Saturday assured the victims of the Ibadan tanker fire accident that the Federal Government will provide intervention to help them.
we recalls that no fewer than two people lost their lives when a petroleum tanker exploded and caught fire on Thursday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Two cars and several valuables worth millions of naira were also destroyed during the incident.
The Acting Director General of NEMA, Air Commodore Akugbe Iyanmu, while speaking during an on the spot assessment of the accident scene, lamented the rising cases of fire accidents which he said had led to avoidable deaths of innocent citizens.
The NEMA boss assures that the victims, as Nigerians deserve the support from the government through the agency.
He said, “We were informed of the incident by our Zonal Coordinator and we also read about it in the news and what the DG emphasised is that anywhere the Nigerian life is threatened and needs humanitarian support, we have to be there.
“So, he directed that we move here immediately to see the extent of the crisis, the people affected, the victims and see how the agency can respond.
“Assessing the needs of the victims now will be premature, there are relevant agencies including fire service and state emergency agency among others involved, they all will come up with their reports, then we will all put heads together and look at it because it is becoming too frequent and the lives of our brothers and sisters are been lost in avoidable deaths. So, we really have to give maximum attention to it.
“As we await the reports from the zone, I can assure you that the intervention will come as soon as possible. In fact, if we can get the reports today, we will intervene today, but we will have to wait for the normal procedures to be followed.
“As you are aware, disaster management and humanitarian intervention are procedural, so we just wait for the reports so that we will verify so that intervention will not go to the person that was not affected.
“The DG always emphasis that the intervention must always get to the real victims and that is what we want to do and we have to be careful. The National Emergency Management Agency is for Nigerians and all the victims of the fire incident are Nigerians and there is no way they won’t get intervention.”