The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock and grief over the yet another devastating explosion in Abule-Ado, Lagos state, on Sunday, which again resulted in the agonizing death of innocent citizens while injuring and rendering many more homeless.
The PDP said in a statement that it is particularly worried about the spate of explosions and other avoidable disasters, particularly in Lagos and other strategic states, which raises grave public safety concerns in Nigeria’s commercial nerve centers.
The party says it recalls that only in January, a pipeline explosion rocked Abule-Egba in Lagos state in which compatriots were killed in an inferno that razed valuables and brought anguish to many families.
The PDP said it therefore calls for the rejigging of the national emergency response in a manner that will educate Nigerians on how to prevent disasters.
The party helds that such an overhaul of the nation’s emergency management must strengthen quick responses to disasters by respective agencies of government and volunteer groups.
The PDP insists that drastic measures must be adopted to check recurring disasters in the country.
The party lamented that the explosion has again brought sorrow, anguish and pain to families who are now suffering bereavement, injuries, homelessness, loss of property and means of livelihood.
The PDP said it is grieved by the traumatizing effect of the explosion on a school, which killed the school principal, Revd. Sist. Henrietta Alokha, and injured many of the students.
The party noted the heroic service rendered by Revd. Sister Alokha in saving no fewer than 300 students and losing her own life at the end.
The PDP said it therefore urges the Federal Government to confer a worthy posthumous recognition in honour of Revd Sister Alokha.
The PDP commiserated with the victims of the explosion and urged relevant authorities as well as public spirited individuals, groups and establishments to come to their aid.
The party called on all Nigerians to remain vigilant and continue to pray for divine intervention on the coubtry at this trying time.