President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Wednesday, January 17, sympathised with the government and people of Oyo state over the explosion that rocked Bodija, Ibadan on Tuesday killing three and injuring over 70 people.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh, the Senate President expressed sadness at the accident lamenting the loss of lives and property.
He said: “With a heavy heart, I wish to commiserate with Governor Seyi Makinde, the good people of Oyo State and indeed victims and their families in this unfortunate occurrence. I am very distraught at this accident happening, especially at the beginning of the year.
“I pray that the Almighty God will forgive the sins of those who lost their lives in the explosion and welcome them in His kingdom. And for those who sustained injuries, it is my prayer that they will receive healing in good times. For the families that suffered different losses, may God replace all that they have lost.”
The Senate President urged the relevant interventionist agencies to come to the aid of the victims saying, “I urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other humanitarian groups to quickly assist the victims to ease the pain of their losses.
Akpabio, equally praised the security agencies and other rescue workers for their bravery and prompt intervention during the explosion. He however called for a thorough investigation to unearth the cause of the explosion in order to forestall further occurrences.
“I must commend the security agencies and other rescue workers for their prompt intervention, especially the bravery and high level of professionalism they exhibited when the explosion happened. I encourage you to keep up the good work.
“I also urge the relevant agencies to carry out a thorough investigation into the remote and immediate causes of the explosion so that adequate provisions could be made to prevent such fatal accidents in the future”, he stated.