Plateau State government said it will give the sum of N2.5 million each to 8 families that lost their loved ones during the Chlorine Gas explosion at the state water treatment plant last year.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that 8 persons were confirmed dead while over 101 persons were hospitalised July last year, as a result of inhaling poisonous chlorine gas from the Plateau State Water Board treatment plant in Jos, the state capital.
Speaking at an interactive parley with the deceased families in Jos, the state commissioner of water resources and energy, Engr. Jafaru Wuyep, said as a government, they feel the pains of the victims’ families.
According to him, “there is no amount of money that will compensate for lives lost, stressing that government will only bring succour to the victims’ families to alleviate their sufferings “.
The commissioner further pointed out that apart from the N2.5 million, the state government had earlier given N300,000 each for burial expenses and will liaise with state governments where the victims came from with the view to providing scholarship and employment to members of the victims’ families.
In his words, “The state government values every single life, the focus of the administration of Barr. Simon Lalong is to ensure the protection of lives and property of its citizenry.”
Responding, one of the victims family, Alex Achudume, pointed out that the Plateau State government should as a matter of urgency, give employment and scholarship to the family of the victims, adding that the incident happened in Jos and not in the respective state origin of the deceased.

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