Nnewi Fire: Read What APC Has Demanded

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The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Anambra state has urged the state government to set up a judicial panel to investigate the fire incident which occurred in Nnewi on Thursday, December 24. This the party believes would help forestall another occurrence.  

This was contained in a statement signed by the state publicity secretary of the APC, Okelo Madukaife, on Friday, December 25.

The APC has also demanded a “full-scale coroner’s inquest “ into the cause of the incident with a charge on the state House of Assembly to investigate the town planning aspect of the sad incident.

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The party also commensurated with families and associates of the victims affected by the Christmas eve fire incident.

The statement reads: “The silence from Nnewi north local government, the only local government without an elected leadership in Anambra state and the chorus-type comments from the state authorities after this disaster have not done much to raise hopes for a difference. There is a lot to lean from Lagos State particularly on the incident of the collapse of a building in The Synagogue Church of all Nations, killing over 80.

“In this wise, we call on the Nnewi north local government and Anambra state government -in three arms – to set up forensic investigations of all the ramifications of this Christmas eve fire in Nnewi. We require a Judicial panel sitting on the matter, as well as a committee on the Anambra state House of Assembly dealing with the softer side of the incident, upon which Anambra State can build a new safety foundation. Nnewi north local government should promptly identify all the victims of the event and their family contacts.

“We feel saddened at the human loss, but more terribly about the penchant to deviate from planning laws and norms, in that the fire in the gas plant also killed persons from neighbouring houses.

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“We are forced to ask, with eyes on the future, if gas plants are supposed to have neighbouring houses by law and logic. We have no doubt that accidents must occur from time to time, but our take is that if this plat was isolated, casualties would be less.

“Next to life, we worry about what the loss of a dynamic industry contributing its quota to the growth of the economy of Anambra State, where incentives for the emergence of other industries in the same league have been non-existent in reality.

“We call on the Anambra State Government to rise above its usual laxity that sees high government officials visit the scene of accidents early, wear rehearsed long faces, and throw cash at victims for ‘eye-service’ reasons, but stop short of taking pro-active lawful measures to forestall similar occurrences.

“We recall the burning of over 70 lives in a tanker fire in Onitsha and note that no investigations commissioned. We recall the negligence that led to the wear off of earth base supporting a concrete road bridge at Nkpor which attracted only actions at the spur of the moment. We recall other such incidents of both the incidents themselves and the management of the aftermath.”

President Muhammadu Buhari

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