Kogi State Government has declared a two-day mourning in honour of the victims of the fuel tanker explosion which claimed twenty-three lives on Wednesday, September 23.
Recall that Newsbreakers reported yesterday that a tanker explosion in Lokoja claimed the lives of 23 people who were mostly schoolchildren and students of the state-owned polytechnic.
The Kogi Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, September 24.
The Commissioner said, “The people are the State. Therefore, the primary responsibility of the Government is to ensure the safety and well-being of the Kogi people. As a result of the importance placed on the lives of our people, the government has declared a two-day state mourning to honor the departed souls. In this time of grief, we urge the people to be deep in sober reflection and stand together for one another to pull out of the agonizing loss.”
The statement continued, “The government wishes to reiterate her call on road users to act responsibly in order to avert unfortunate situations that simple care and caution could have averted. Full investigations will also be carried out to determine the cause of the painful incident. The Kogi State Government wishes to assure families that lost loved ones and those whose houses were affected of support at this trying moment.”
Mr Fanwo added, “We also call on relevant Federal Government agencies to provide relief materials to support what the State Government shall be providing. Our hearts are with the affected families. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.”