- PDP has reacted to the Lagos gas explosion which killed a score of people and destroyed properties worth millions
- The opposition party called for drastic measures to curb the incessant occurrence of disasters in Lagos state
- PDP also commended late Reverend Sister Alokha who laid down her life because she wanted to save the lives of her pupils numbering over 300
Barely twenty-four hours after a gas explosion hit Abule-Ado community of Lagos state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the incident as tragic and unfortunate which could have initially been averted.
The opposition party, through a statement by its national spokesperson, Kola Ologbodiyan, said there should be an overhaul of the nation’s emergency management in a way that will strengthen disaster management nationwide, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng earlier reported that confusion and anguish hit some communities in Lagos state after residents on Sunday, March 15, woke up to an explosion that destroyed many houses and scores of properties.
The explosion, which affected communities like Ijegun, Ikotun, Egbeda, Abule Ado, Okotoa, Isheri Olofin, FESTAC, and the popular Satellite, claimed many lives and surged the state into sorrow with properties worth millions destroyed.
Reacting to the tragedy, PDP expressed worry over the recent spate of "avoidable disaster" in the state and also called for drastic measures towards disaster management in the nearest future.
"The PDP insists that drastic measures must be adopted to check recurring disasters in the country.
“The party laments that the explosion has again brought sorrow, anguish and pain to families who are now suffering bereavement, injuries, homelessness, loss of property and means of livelihood," part of the statement read.
PDP also commended the heroic efforts of late Revd Sister Henrietta Alokha who died in the explosion while saving her students.
Legit.ng reported that the reverend sister, who was the principal of Bethlehem Girls College, laid down her life for her students when a pipeline exploded. Alokha rescued all her students before the roof of the collapsing building fell on her.
“Our party notes the heroic service rendered by Revd. Sister Alokha in saving no fewer than 300 students and losing her own life at the end," PDP said.
Earlier, it was reported that the governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, reacted to the explosion at Abule Ado area of Lagos state which left many dead and others injured in the early hours of Sunday, March 15.
In a thread of tweets posted via his official Twitter handle on Monday, March 16, Sanwo-Olu said condolences to everyone affected by the gas explosion.
He said his government is working with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other relevant agencies to ameliorate the plight of the victims.
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