Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and Senator Olufemi Lanlehin (Oyo South District) yesterday visited victims of Monday’s tanker explosion in Inalende, Ibadan, the state capital. The Ibadan North West Local Government Caretaker Chairman Alhaji Wasiu Olatunbosun, social workers and community leaders also visited the victims.
The unfortunate incident occurred when a fuel-laden tanker spilled its content in the area on Monday evening, resulting in a fire outbreak that engulfed many houses and shops.
The Oyo State governor assured the victims of the government’s assistance. Touched by the degree of injury sustained by one of the landlords in the area, Alhaji Yinusa Ajibade, the governor directed the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, to arrange for his treatment on the government’s account.
On inspecting affected houses and shops, many of which were completely burnt, the governor described the incident as “most unfortunate”. He said empathized with the victims because he had a similar experience in 1992, when his newly-built home in Lagos was reduced to rubbles by fire.
The governor encouraged the victims to thank God for being alive, which is the most important. He said: “My coming here is not to exploit the incident to campaign, but to sincerely sympathize with you. I know how painful it is to lose one’s means of livelihood in a fire, because I once experienced it, but we should take solace in the fact that no life was lost. You should also have faith that God can replenish your lost property in multiple folds.”
The governor also said he had told some government officials to compile the names of the victims and indicate the property lost. One of the leaders of the community, Mr. Joel Adewumi, thanked the governor for his concern and assured him that residents would maintain a clean environment.
Lanlehin urged the Federal Government, through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to assist the victims,he however pledged to help the victims.