Wednesday 3 June 2015

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo visit victims of Onitsha tanker accident

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has visited the victims of the fuel tanker accident and sympathised with the government and people of Anambra State over the tragic incident.

The Vice President, who made the visit on behalf of President Buhari, who directed him to deliver his condolences, was received by the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, and his Delta State counterpart, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, at the Asaba Cargo Airport on Wednesday.

After the initial exchange of pleasantries, Professor Osinbajo and his entourage left for Toronto Hospital in Onitsha, where he was received alongside Governor Obiano, by the Chief Medical Director, Dr Emeka Ezeh, who took time to explain how the emergency situation was handled.

He was taken to the ward to see the casualties but journalists and other visitors were denied entrance for medical reasons.

Leaving the hospital with a positive impression of the hospital management in their handling of the emergency situation, Professor Osinbajo and his entourage headed for the scene of the incident, but paused to felicitate with the elders of Onitsha, who trooped out to welcome him.

Addressing the people, he commended the timely intervention of the State government and various hospitals especially, Toronto Hospital, which ensured that the number of casualties was minimal.

Professor Osinbajo also praised the State government for undertaking the hospital expenses of the victims as well as every other intervention, expressing delight that such positive direction is where the country is heading for, where every Nigerian citizen matters.

Governor Obiano at the scene of the incident announce the banning of trailers and all fuel carrying tankers from moving in the day time. He also banned all heavy duty trucks from plying state roads.

The visit was wrapped up with prayers by the Vice President, who asked God to console those who were affected by the tragic incident, assuring the State government, after the prayers, that the Federal Government would always look at whatever areas of cooperation to assist Anambra State even, as consultation had commenced between him and the State Governor.  

Credit: Channels 

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