The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock and grief over Sunday’s devastating explosion in Abule-Ado, Lagos State with the death toll reaching over 20 persons and many others injured.
In a statement by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party reiterated that it is grieved by the traumatising effect of the explosion on a school, which killed the school principal, Rev. Sist. Henrietta Alokha, and injured many of the students.
It was gathered that properties worth billions of Naira were destroyed while many were rendered homeless as a result of the explosion.
He said, “The PDP is particularly worried about the spate of explosions and other avoidable disasters, particularly in Lagos and other strategic states, which raises grave public safety concerns in our nation’s commercial nerve centres."
According to the statement, the party recalled that similar incident had occurred in January, a pipeline explosion rocked Abule-Egba in Lagos state in which compatriots were killed in an inferno that razed valuables and brought anguish to many families.
It further read “Explosion has again brought sorrow, anguish and pain to families who are now suffering bereavement, injuries, homelessness, loss of property and means of livelihood.”
The PDP applauded Rev. Sister Alokha, who the party noted for her heroic service rendered in saving no fewer than 300 students and losing her own life at the end. The party, therefore, urged the Federal Government to confer a worthy posthumous recognition in her honour.
It further called on all Nigerians to remain vigilant and continue to pray for divine intervention on our nation at this trying time.
Meanwhile, the party deeply commiserated with the victims of the explosion and urged relevant authorities as well as public-spirited individuals, groups and establishments to come to their aid.