- It was a black Friday in Delta state as a gas explosion killed four people and injured almost a dozen more
- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Saturday, January 23 identified with the victims and family members of the deceased
- The governor also ensured the hospital bills for those injured was sorted immediately
It was an emotional day in Delta on Saturday, January 23 as Governor Ifeanyi Okowa visited family members of the deceased after a gas explosion in the Agbor area of the state killed 4 people, while 11 people were hospitalised on Friday, January 22.
The governor who also visited the scene of the incident and the hospital where the injured were receiving treatment, confirmed that four persons died and no fewer than 11 admitted to the hospital with various degrees of burns.
Touching photos of the governor's visit were shared on his official social media pages.
He described the fire disaster as an unfortunate incident and announced that the state government would take responsibility for the bill to give the victims medical treatment.
He said that the surviving patients were referred to a specialised centre for the treatment of burns at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) for further treatment because of the high degree of burns they sustained.
“It was an unfortunate fire incident involving a gas station where the tanker was trying to discharge gas. We have visited the place and the victims and we have seen the extent of damage caused by the inferno. We lost four persons, three children and a woman.
“After my visit to the two families that lost their dear ones, I also visited the Central Hospital at Agbor where they were initially rushed to with varying degree of burns ranging from 80 to 90 per cent.
“They were immediately offered medical services even though they wouldn't have been able to attend to them because of the extent of the burns so they have to transfer them to the Federal Medical Centre Asaba and the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.”
On siting of gas plants at residential areas, he said that he would liaise with the Delta state House of Assembly to come up with a law regulating such investments.
Meanwhile, the Delta state government, on Friday, January 22 approved the widening and rehabilitation of the 2.1 kilometres Orhunwhorun road in Udu local government area of the state at a total cost of N398.2 million.
The decision was taken at the first state executive council meeting for the year 2021 which was presided by Governor Okowa.
Recall that the Delta state government on Thursday, January 21 announced that it would on Tuesday, February 2 inaugurate completed road and school projects in Warri and Effurun.
The commissioner of works, Chief James Aguoye made the announcement after inspecting the projects.
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