The three Senators from Anambra State, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, Senator Stella Oduah and Senator Uche Ekwunife have canvassed for Federal Government financial support for victims pf the Onitsha fuel tanker fire disaster.
The senators raised the motion at the floor of the upper chamber of the National Assembly during plenary on Thursday.
Speaking on the motion, Senator Oduah said:
“The incident is a sad one. We need to ensure drunk drivers do not drive.
“We urge the Federal Government to intervene. Every market of this size must have a huge presence of Fire Service.”
On his part, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah urged the Nigerian Police Force to work in conjunction with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to carry out a thorough investigation of the circumstances leading to the accident that led to the fuel tanker fire.
The Senator asked the agencies to prosecute anyone found culpable in the preventable fire incident; and accelerate the passage of the Petroleum Tankers Safety Bill 2019.
He also urge the Federal Government to include/provide financial support in the package to the affected persons to enable them restart their businesses, as government promise to assist the victims and affected traders with relief materials.
Contributing, Senator Uche Ekwunife stated:
“FRSC should be looking at the quality of our drivers that drive our lorries and the vehicles, the fire service should provide fire equipment in all major markets across the country, so that if it happens there will be immediate solution.- Senator Uche Ekwunife.
“All the prayers should be taken and the amendment that fire service should be provided in all the major markets should be approved.”
Senator Ike Ekweremadu: “The Onitsha market is very important, it is time for us to find a way of letting people understand that insurance is key to us.”
Senator Chimaroke Nnamani: “On behalf of the good people of Enugu, I commiserate with those that have lost their lives and for those injured I pray for quick recovery and the resuscitation of those who lost their valuables.
“The fire service in Anambra State should also review their activities.”
Senator Francis Ezenwa: “We should look at ways of preventing this avoidable incident, it is important we look at response mechanism of Nigeria in response to emergency. As legislators, it behooves on us to make far reaching input to avert this.
“We also have to look at the state of our roads to be sure that such thing will not happen again. Most important, I think we should look at moving inflammable products by pipeline- it is safer and more convenient and it is the way to go.”
Senator Theodore Orji: “Fire is now our greatest enemy, since we know what is going to kill us, we have to fight it to survive.
“The vehicles that are not worthy should be put off the road. The drivers that drive these vehicles are on drugs.
“It is for the relevant agency to screen these people, call on both LG and FG to look at those roads that are critical and put them into shape.
“In terms of equipment, fire service vehicles are obsolete and should be fully operational.”
Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu: “The time has come for Anambra state to develop Onitsha into a modern city.”
See a copy of the motion below: