Kogi State Government has declared two-day state mourning in honour of the victims of Wednesday’s petrol tanker explosion in the state.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday around Felele area of Lokoja, the state capital.
The explosion claimed 23 lives. Victims include schoolchildren and students of the state-owned polytechnic.
In a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, on Thursday, the government urged residents to be deep in sober reflection and stand together for one another to pull out of the agonising loss.
It called on road users to act responsibly in order to avert such unfortunate and avoidable situations in the future.
The government also promised full investigations to ascertain the causes of the explosion.
It further assured families that lost loved ones and those whose houses were affected of government’s support while also calling on relevant Federal Government agencies to provide relief materials to complement the state government’s support.
“The government of Kogi State has declared a two-day state mourning in honor of the victims of the Felele tanker accident on Wednesday 23rd September, 2020,” the statement said.
“The governor and the government of Kogi State are saddened by the unfortunate incident that claimed many lives in the early hours (of Wednesday).
“The primary responsibility of 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, government has declared a two-day state mourning to honor 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 agonising loss.
“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 causes 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.”