Vice President Yomi Osinbajo yesterday expressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s sympathy over the tanker accident that claimed over 87 lives at the Asaba Park in Upper Iweka, Onitsha, Anambra State.
Osinbajo commiserated with Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano and the people over the accident.
Osinbajo, who visited injured victims of the accident in Toronto Hospital and the scene of the incident, said that President Buhari was “very concerned and pained” by the incident.
The vice president said that Mr President felt it was not enough to send a condolence message and so he asked him to come and commiserate with the people and government of Anambra.
His words: “Every Nigerian citizen matters to the Federal Government no matter his status or where he resides.
“Mr President asked me to come and first commiserate with Gov. Willie Obiano and Anambra people.
“He was very concerned that he felt it was not enough to issue condolence message and so asked me to come and commiserate with the people.
“I have been taken round to see the heroic action of the hospital staff and those involved in emergency.
“Unfortunately, many lost their lives, but some have seen today and are responding to treatment,” he said.
Osinbajo told a crowd that gathered around Upper Iweka, scene of the accident, that he had been discussing with Obiano on possible ways federal and Anambra governments could cooperate to forestall further accident.
He commended Obiano for undertaking to settle the hospital bills of the victims.
Earlier while briefing the vice president, Gov. Obiano said Anambra government had banned long trucks and petrol tankers from plying the roads in Anambra during the day.
The governor noted that government had banned heavy duty vehicles from plying state roads, adding that they must trans-load their contents on getting to state roads.
According to him, the materials used in constructing state roads are not the same as the one used in building federal roads, and each time heavy duty trucks ply state roads they cause heavy damage on such roads.

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