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House of Reps to Investigate Ore Fuel Tanker Explosion

Following the fuel tanker explosion that claimed over 30 lives at Ore in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State, the House of Representatives has resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the incident.

The federal lawmakers said there was a need to know the cause of the incident with a view to proffering solutions and preventing recurrence in other parts of the country.

The committee was asked to report for further legislative action within four weeks.

The motion was raised by Festus Ayodele Adefiranye, the lawmaker representing Ileluji/Okeigbo/Odigbo federal constituency of Ondo state, during plenary.

He said over 30 lives, including that of a pregnant woman and three children, were lost when the tanker laden with Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) lost control at Ore town.

The lawmaker stated that apart from the deaths recorded, other people sustained different degrees of injuries, while over ten vehicles and 15 buildings were destroyed.

The House consequently adopted the motion and directed the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to immediately send relief materials to affected victims and settle the medical bills of those hospitalised.

The House also mandated the Nigeria Police Force and Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, to clear the trucks on the highway to forestall future occurrences.

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