Onitsha—Senator Andy Uba, has visited the scenes of the fire disaster at Onitsha which razed over 13 houses including a petrol station and destroyed properties worth hundreds of millions of Naira.
It will be recalled that on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at about 7.45pm, fully loaded petrol tanker from Awka Road axis of the metropolis, lost its brakes and rammed into a Mobil Petrol Station, Opposite Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, DMGS.
Senator Andy Uba
The resultant fire spread into Oguta Road, Oboli Street and Upper New Market, which leads to the famous Onitsha Main Market. The Petrol Station, four multiple storey buildings and 10- vehicles were destroyed on Oguta Road. While four multiple storey buildings and two cars were destroyed on Oboli Street. On Upper New Market Road, five multiple storey buildings, a mammy market and ten vehicles were destroyed.
Uba, who represents Anambra South in the Senate of the Federal Republic arrived the scenes of the unfortunate incident accompanied by a tumultuous crowd of supporters, loyalists and All Progressives Congress, APC, henchmen including Senator Uche Ekwunife.
The Senator who was visibly shaken by the enormity of the devastation caused by the five told the crowd, that he did not come to see the scenes of the incident but to see the victims of the inferno and sympathise with them personally, with the view of teaming up with government and good spirited individuals to assist the victims of the inferno.
Sen. Uba, thereafter, trekked down Oguta Rd, Oboli Street and Upper New Mkt Rd, stopping at every burnt building to talk to the landlords of the buildings, owners of lost businesses and other victims of the disaster. He spoke to everyone, condoled them and made assurances.
It was however, heart-wrenching for the Senator to hear from the victims, that the Anambra State five service could not respond early to the tragedy.