Senate’s Displeasure Over Benue Killings

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The Senate, condemned the killings of over 50 people in Benue State,yesterday, following the explosion of a petrol tanker in Gwer East Local Government Area.

While describing the incident as sad and unfortunate,the Senate, however blamed the incident on a portion of a federal road.

They have however, resolved to constitute an adhoc committee to liaise with relevant agencies, organisations and stakeholders to sort the remote and immediate cause of incessant petrol tanker explosions in Nigeria.

The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan constitutes the Committee, which would come up with sustainable solutions to the Senate within eight weeks.

The Upper Chamber has also called on the federal government to release funds for the dualisation of the Keffi-Lafia-Makurdi-Enugu road, where the incident occurred.

Yesterday, the Senate called on the management of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to quickly support the affected families, even as it has urged the Federal Ministry of Health to intervene and assist the families affected,including victims undergoing medical attention in different hospitals.

There is an urgent need to control incessant explosions of Petroleum Tankers in Nigeria.

The Senate further noted that the driver of the tanker had lost control of the vehicle after trying to dodge a pothole at a very deteriorating portion of the Federal Highway around Ahumbe village and crashed by the roadside.

Regrets have it that people from the nearby villages defied warning from security personnel and were scooping fuel from the fallen tanker, then a passenger bus maneuvering its way suddenly scratched its exhaust on the road which sparked the fire killing over 50 people, while over 100 others secured various degrees of burns and injuries.

Federal Government has awarded contracts for the dualization of the Keff-Lafia-MakurdiEnugu road covering the Makurdi-Aliade-Otukpo Federal highway where the incident occurred.

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