Action Democratic Party (ADP) has expressed sadness, over the loss of lives and damage to properties occasioned by an explosion that rocked Lagos State and it’s environs on Sunday morning, calling for an extensive investigation to be carried out by the Federal Government in collaboration with the state authorities to clear the air over the matter.
ADP made this call on Monday in a statement issued by the national publicity secretary of the party, Prince Adelaja Adeoye, while commiserating with victims, all Lagosians, and the families of those affected by this tragedy.
The party, while describing the event as a national tragedy that could have been avoided, said it was important that a thorough investigation was carried out.
According to the party, the probe was imperative as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said in its earlier report that the disaster was not due to pipeline explosion while NNPC gave a contrary report to what happened.
“The level of damage done by the loud explosion, makes it very difficult to accept or reject what the cause could have been, but an extensive investigation should be carried out by the Lagos State government and the Federal government to clear the air over this matter,” the party said.
The party posited that the frequency in the disasters, ranging from midnight market fire, explosions and other tragedies across the country, was a serious source of worry and concern that threatened the existence of the country.
It, therefore, called for an urgent review of Nigeria’s disaster management, saying “measures must be put in place to avert the occurrences of these black days.”
The party said it deeply sympathize with all victims, especially the residents of Abule-Ado, students of Bethlehem Girls and St. Joseph School, Abule Ado, who are currently at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Navy Town receiving medical care.
ADP also sympathized with the family of Reverend Sister Henrietta Alokha, the principal of Bethlehem Girls High School, Abule Ado who died, while trying to save the lives of girls inside the school, under her care.
“She was indeed the heroine, who laid down her life, just to save the lives of others. We pray for her soul to meet the Lord in heaven,” the party said.
ADP, however, called on all Nigerians to support the victims and the family of those who lost their lives as a result of the explosion and fire disaster at this trying time, with relief materials, even as it prayed for the repose of the souls of the departed and the injured to “recover on time.”
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