21 January 2013

Nigeria: Zuba Residents Lament Loss Over Petrol Tanker Fire

Residents of Zuba community in the FCT have called on the FCT Administration to clear the highway of street traders as well as obstructions in order to ensure smooth passage of vehicles.

Shop owners and roadside traders who lost goods last Friday during a tragic accident involving a tanker in Zuba community, have call on the FCT authorities to compensate them.

Witnesses said the tanker driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed, which sparked fire that razed shops as well as the goods of roadside traders.

Abdulmuminu, a resident, said he lost goods worth over a hundred thousand naira and has no money to restart his business.

"I want to on behalf of my fellow traders appeal to the FCT Administration to help us financially as the accident was an unforeseen one," he said.

Joke Emmanuel, a trader, called for the restriction of the movement of such vehicles on FCT Highways or roads.

Mr Kasim Mohammed said the accident was caused by a pedestrian, who tried to cross the road from Dan-Kogi bus stop.

Mohammed explained that the driver of the tanker, in a bid to avoid hitting the pedestrian, run into a Jetta car.

Another resident, Mr Kabir Musa, called for the establishment of a Fire Service Station in Zuba to enhance prompt response to fire disasters.

He argued that the tanker explosion and the fire incident that razed all the shops in Zuba Fruit Market would have been brought under control if there was a fire service station close by.

Musa attributed the loss sustained in both incidents to the delay in the arrival of men of the fire service.

"We cannot blame fire service officials because they come from Gwagwalada, Kubwa and Suleja," he said.

Meanwhile the Officer in Charge of Intelligence Department, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Mrs Bridget Ijoma, said immediately the explosion occurred, they called the Fire Service in Gwagwalada, which responded promptly.

She said four persons were rescued and taken to the University of Abuja Specialist Hospital.

With Agency Report

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