Governor Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State, has expressed his condolences to the families affected by a tragic tanker explosion at Koko junction along the Warri-Benin expressway.
The incident, which occurred on Sunday, resulted in severe burns for the victims.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Sir Festus Ahon, the Governor sympathized with the families of the victims and acknowledged the presence of the State Emergency Management Agency at the scene, offering assistance and support.
Governor Oborevwori attributed the unfortunate incident to the deteriorating condition of federal roads and once again appealed to the Federal Government to promptly address the issue of failed road sections.
He emphasized the difficulties faced by citizens of the state and commuters who navigate the road, urging the authorities to prioritize and urgently repair the road to prevent future incidents of this nature.
Governor Oborevwori took the opportunity to caution the public against the dangerous practice of attempting to collect fuel from fallen tankers, warning that it is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.
He said: “In the early hours of today, we got information that an explosion occurred at Koko junction along the Warri-Benin expressway.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I commiserate with families of the victims who lost their lives to the inferno.
“This sad and unfortunate incident would have been avoided if the Federal Government had lived up to their responsibility of maintaining their roads.
“While I mourn the deceased, I use this medium to reiterate my earlier call on the Federal Government to save the lives of our people from these harrowing experiences.
“I also use this medium to advise our people to refrain from the dangerous act of scooping fuel from a fallen tanker because of the highly inflammable nature of the product”.