BY SUNNY A. DAVID
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has sympathised with victims of the fire, as the Deputy Governor Dr. Nkem Okeke heads the panel to probe Onitsha inferno.
A statement issued on his behalf by his Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment, Mr. C-Don Adinuba.
The Governor also announced the setting up of a panel “to look into the incident.”
“A panel headed by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke has been set up by the Governor to immediately determine the cause of the accident, why the firemen could not put out the fire and how the condition of the victims can be ameliorated.
“Governor Obiano and all citizens of Anambra State identify with victims of this unfortunate fire incident and the general inhabitants of Onitsha over this sad inferno. The Anambra State Government will do its best to stand by those affected,” the Spokesperson said.
The statement, however, claimed that the ‘Men of the Anambra State Fire Service arrived at the scene in good time with their new equipment’.
“But for some reason, however, they were unable to quench the inferno,” he said.
The Governor noted that “consequently the angry mob at the scene prevented other fire trucks from getting to the scene”.
“Governor Obiano and the entire people of Anambra State regret this unfortunate situation and the governor has taken steps to address the concerns of those affected.
“Government, therefore, requests owners of properties affected by the tragic accident, shop owners and family reps of deceased victims to assemble at Ekwueme Square, Awka on Monday, October 21 2019 at 11 a.m. for documentation and to see how the Anambra State Government can assist them.”
***The Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke.