OrderPaperToday – The Senate today resolved to direct the appropriate committee when constituted to liaise with relevant agencies, organizations and stakeholders to identify the remote and immediate causes of incessant petroleum tanker explosions in the country and recommend appropriate solutions.

The resolution followed a motion by Senator Emmanuel Orker-Jev (PDP, Benue) titled “Benue Tanker explosion: urgent need to curb incessant explosions of Petroleum Tankers in Nigeria”.

Speaking on his motion, Orker-Jev disclosed that a petroleum tanker explosion occurred in Ahumbe village, along Makurdi-Aliade-Otukpo Federal Highway in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State on Monday 19th July, 2019.

He stated that the driver of the tanker lost control of the vehicle while trying to dodge a pothole and crashed by the roadside.

According to the Senator, “people from the nearby villages defied warning from security personnel and were scooping fuel from the fallen tanker, then a passenger bus maneuvering its way suddenly scratched its exhaust on the road which sparked the fire, killing over 50 people while over 100 others secured various degrees of burns and injuries.”

He added that the death toll could rise as many of the injured were in critical conditions at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) even as nearby houses, shops, cars and other valuable properties were also burnt down during the explosion.

The Senate commiserated with the people and Government of Benue State over the incident and observed a minute silence for the dead. The red chamber also called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Ministry of Health to quickly intervene and assist the affected families and victims undergoing medical attention in different hospitals.

Furthermore, the upper chamber urged FERMA, VIO, and other relevant agencies to ensure road maintenance and proper vehicle inspection.

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Damilola Zebulun Adeniran
Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.


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