Ekwunife moves her last motion in HOR, Urges NEMA to provide relief materials to Onitsha fire victims
As the 7th National Assembly winded up on Thursday, the member who represented Anaoch/Njikoka/ Dunukofia federal constituency and Senator elect for Anambra Central senatorial zone, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife has moved a motion at the House of Representatives urging the National Emergency Agency, NEMA to give relief materials to victims of Onitsha tanker fire accident.
Mrs. Ekwunife whose motion was the last at the lower chambers of the National Assembly urged the NEMA to urgently bring relief materials to the victims of the accident describing it as a National calamity.
“The House take note that on Sunday May 31, 2015, a petrol tanker laden with fuel suffered brake failure and rammed into vehicles and passersby in Asaba motor park at Upper Iweka axis, Onitsha in Anambra State”
“Aware that the impact of the crash caused fuel to spill from the tanker which caught fire and burnt about seventy (70) people to death, many beyond recognition also aware that many other people suffered various degrees of injuries from the fire which led to their hospitalization in various hospitals in and around Onitsha where they are currently receiving treatment”
The lawmaker further said “appalled by the colossal loss of lives, and infliction of injuries on innocent Nigerians as well as massive damage to property occasioned by this unfortunate fire incident resolve that they commiserate with the Government and people of Anambra State on the unfortunate incident”
She called the House to observe a minute’s silence in honour of the victims and urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to urgently send relief materials to the victims.
Mrs. Ekwunife lso urge the Federal Ministry of Health to render assistance to the injured who are currently undergoing treatment at various hospitals in and around Onitsha and urgently fumigate the area so as to forestall possible environmental hazards as a result of the large scale burning of human flesh in the fire incident.