Paul Osuyi, Asaba
Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa on Thursday commiserated with his Anambra State counterpart, Mr. Willie Obiano, Anambra people, particularly Onitsha residents over the tragic fire incident that gutted parts of the commercial city.
A tanker laden with petroleum product on Wednesday reportedly fell into the gutter and spilled its content on the road at Upper Iweka, leading to the inferno that resulted in the death of some people and the destruction of many buildings, including business premises in the town.
Chief Press Secretary to Governor Okowa, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, quoted his boss as saying that the images he saw of the fire incident were heartbreaking.
Okowa extended his sympathy to the people who suffered varying degrees of losses in the unfortunate incident.
He condemned the attitude of some residents who stoned firefighters from Delta who came to rescue the situation thereby preventing them from carrying out their lawful duties.
The governor called for concerted efforts towards proper and prompt management of disaster in the country.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I condole with my brother governor, Willie Obiano, Anambrarians and the people of Onitsha over the unfortunate fire incident that led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties.
“The tragic images coming out of Onitsha of the raging fires are truly heartbreaking.
“As neighbours, Delta will stand with our brothers and sisters in Anambra at this difficult time as they recover from this terrible incident.
“The unfortunate incident of yesterday calls for concerted efforts towards proper and prompt disaster management.
“It is a clarion call on Fire Service officers to be more proactive to responding to emergencies such as this to enable them to save more lives and properties.
“It is also imperative that our people need to be re-oriented on the need to stop attacking firefighters on duty,” he said.