High Chief Tope Ijiniga, the Ayadi of Ore community in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State, has expressed deep concerns over the tragic explosion that claimed lives while some residents attempted to scoop petrol from a fallen tanker on July 23, 2023.
The community leader who highlighted the devastating impact of the explosion, stressed the dangers of greed, as some residents sought to make quick money by scooping fuel from the fallen tanker.
He expressed regret over the loss of lives and emphasized the importance of avoiding such reckless actions that could lead to fatal consequences.
Regarding the emergency response, the community leader lamented the lack of firefighters in Ore and the entire Odigbo Local Government Area.
He revealed that government officials arrived on Monday after the incident, but the absence of firefighting equipment hindered their ability to respond promptly.
High Chief Tope Ijiniga called for urgent government intervention to provide functioning firefighting facilities that could effectively tackle emergencies and save lives and property in the community.
Aside from the tragedy, High Chief Tope Ijiniga highlighted other challenges facing Ore and the entire Odigbo Local Government Area.
He emphasized the need for improved road infrastructure and better social amenities to develop the community.
In response to the challenges, High Chief Tope Ijiniga expressed frustration with political representatives who promise much during campaigns but often fail to deliver after assuming power.
He emphasized the community’s hope in God to address their pressing needs.
As the community reflects on the tragic incident, High Chief Tope Ijiniga urged residents to be vigilant and promptly inform security agents of any hazardous situations involving petroleum products.
He reiterated the urgent need for firefighters in the town and the importance of having a king who can engage the government to address the community’s concerns effectively.
Overall, the interview sheds light on the pressing issues faced by Ore and Odigbo, emphasizing the importance of immediate government intervention and fulfilled promises to ensure the safety and well-being of the residents.
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