Tanker accident: NEMA officials visit recuperating victims in hospitals



OFFICIALS of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have paid a visit to the victims of the recent petrol tanker fire who are now responding to treatment in some hospitals in Onitsha and Awka.

Coming about two weeks after the crash which occurred late Sunday afternoon on May 31, 2015, the Director of Relief at NEMA said that they were in the state to assist the hospitals already treating the victims, and donated medical items to support the treatment of the victims. They, however, declined to make public the amount involved.

Gov Willie Obiano used the occasion to appeal to the Federal Government, to provide fire-fighting trucks and equipment to be readily used in putting out fires and avert deaths resulting from oil tankers and other accidents on the highways within his jurisdiction.

The call was made in Awka Tuesday when he met with the Director of Relief of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Udemezue Eze.

The governor noted that provision of fire fighting equipment would avert the high number of casualties from road crashes as seen recently from tanker accidents in parts of the country, including Anambra State.

He assured that the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) would identify areas of cooperation with the Federal Government to help the victims who were already receiving treatment in some hospitals in Onitsha and Awka.

It would be recalled that on May 31, 2015, an oil tanker lost control and rammed into the Asaba Motor Park at Upper Iweka Onitsha where it exploded.

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