Kogi State Government has declared a two-day mourning in honour of the victims of the Felele tanker explosion on Wednesday. According to reports, the explosion claimed the lives of over 25 persons with other properties destroyed.
The state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo made known that a large number of the tanker explosion victims in the Felele area of Lokoja were school children and students of the polytechnic owned by the state.
The commissioner who spoke on the importance of lives of the people and the government’s duties to ensure the safety of lives and properties in the state noted that the people are the state and they made the state.
Fanwo said, “The people are the State. Therefore, the primary responsibility of the Government is to ensure the safety and well-being of the Kogi people.
“As a result of the importance placed on the lives of our people, the government has declared a two-day state mourning to honour the departed souls.
“In this time of grief, we urge the people to be deep in sober reflection and stand together for one another to pull out of the agonizing loss.
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“Government wishes to reiterate her call on road users to act responsibly in order to avert unfortunate situations that simple care and caution could have averted. Full investigations will also be carried out to determine the cause of the painful incident.
“The Kogi State Government wishes to assure families that lost loved ones and those whose houses were affected of support at this trying moment.
“We also call on relevant Federal Government agencies to provide relief materials to support what the State Government shall be providing.
“Our hearts are with the affected families. May the souls of the departed rest in peace”.