Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has declared a two-day state mourning in honour of the victims of the Felele tanker accident on Wednesday.
This was contained in a press statement issued by Kingsley Fanwo, Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kogi State.
“The Governor and the government of Kogi State are saddened by the unfortunate incident that claimed many lives in the early hours of Wednesday.
“The people are the State, therefore, the primary responsibility of government is to ensure the safety and well-being of the Kogi people.
“As a result of the importance placed on the lives of our people, the government has declared a two-day state mourning to honour the departed souls.
“In this time of grief, we urge the people to be deep in sober reflection and stand together for one another to pull out of the agonizing loss.
“Government wishes to reiterate her call on road users to act responsibly in order to avert unfortunate situations that simple care and caution could have averted. Full investigations will also be carried out to determine the causes of the painful incident.
“The Kogi State Government wishes to assure families that lost loved ones and those whose houses were affected of support at this trying moment.
“We also call on relevant Federal Government agencies to provide relief materials to support what the State Government shall be providing.
“Our hearts are with the affected families. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.
Similarly, the Management of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, has declared Wednesday to Friday as Lecture-free days in honour of members of the Polytechnic community affected by the inferno caused by the tanker explosion in the early hours of Wednesday, 23rd September 2020.
This was made known in a statement issued by the Head Public Relations and Protocol Unit,
Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, Mrs. Uredo Omale.
According to her, the decision was reached at an emergency stakeholders meeting of the institution immediately after the most regrettable incident.