PDP decries shoddy emergency management of Onitsha market inferno

PDP decries shoddy emergency management of Onitsha market inferno

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anambra State chapter, on Thursday, October 17, sympathised with the victims of Wednesday’s Onitsha tanker fire disaster.

1st New had reported that a truck loaded with petroleum product had exploded at Upper Iweka, Onitsha in Anambra State, leading to a raging fire.

The truck was said to have lost control and rammed into the wall of the popular Toronto Hospital at Upper-Iweka before exploding.

However, in the aftermath of the incident, the Publicity Secretary of PDP in Anambra, Nnamdi Nwangwu, on prayed for the repose of the souls of all who lost their lives.

He also prayed for quick recovery of those who were injured in the petrol induced fire disaster which also destroyed property worth millions of Naira.

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Nwangwu described the fire incident as unfortunate and blamed the Anambra Government of paying lip service to issues of public safety.

He, however, lamented the lack of firefighters in the state with emergency services being supplied by Delta State which is hundreds of kilometres from the scene of the inferno.

“The PDP in Anambra warned against playing politics with people’s lives.

“Not long ago, a fleet of fire fighting vehicles were allegedly commissioned by the state government but it’s worrisome that whenever there is the incidence of fire outbreak, the vehicles would not be seen anywhere around the scene.

“When a fire incident happened in front of Dennis Memorial Grammar School (DMGS) in the same Onitsha a few months ago, it was the same Delta State firefighters that rose to the occasion.

“The same thing repeated itself in Wednesday’s tanker fire, a very big market and many other private investments were consumed.

“This is totally ridiculous and unacceptable, the primary responsibility of any responsible government is the protection of lives and properties of her citizens, any government that fails in this regard cannot be said to be working.”

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