The Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on Sunday expressed shock and sadness over the gas explosion incident in Sabon Tasha, Kaduna and Akesan market fire victims in the ancient town of Oyo, Oyo State.
The gas explosion incident, which occurred at a gas shop, claimed the lives of several people including the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, Prof. Simon P. Mallam, and destroyed properties worth millions of naira.
While expressing sadness over the incident, Gbajabiamila in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi said: “It is with shock and sadness that I received the news of the gas explosion incident that claimed the lives of some Nigerians that included Prof Simon Mallam, the Chairman/CEO of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission.
“While I sympathize with the State government, the survivors and the families of those that died during the explosion, I also pray for the repose of the souls of those that lost their lives to the explosion.
“I also want to assure them that they are not alone in this trying times of theirs,” Gbajabiamila said. Rep Gbajabiamila also sympathised with the government and people of Oyo State over the fire incident that gutted the Akesan Market, in the ancient town of Oyo. Gbajabiamila, who expressed his shock about the early morning fire outbreak that claimed the means of livelihood of many traders.
“It is with heavy heart that I received the news of the fire outbreak that gutted the popular ancient Akesan Market in Oyo.
“I commiserate with the victims of the fire for the disruption of their economic activities as a result of the unfortunate incident. “Being a historic ancient market and very dear to the people of Oyo State, I also empathise with the Alaafin of Oyo, HRH. Oba Lamidi Adeyemi over the incident.
“I want to appeal to the people to remain calm and law abiding as the government of the state looks into the situation with a view to bringing succour to the victims, meanwhile the House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Management alongside the lawmaker representing the area, Rep. Akeem Adeyemi will wade in to mobilize relief materials,” the Speaker said.