19th November, 2021
Governor Seyi Makinde has visited Agodi in Ibadan, where a petrol-laden tanker exploded late on Thursday.
Makinde, who inspected the scene early on Friday, told security agents to restore normalcy to the area within 24 hours.
The incident led the Oyo State Road Transport Management Agency (OYRTMA) to issue a traffic advisory to motorists plying the axis.
Makinde expressed shock and sadness over the incident, according to chief press secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa,
While assessing the extent of damage done by the fire incident, Makinde described it as an unfortunate occurrence.
He added that the agency in charge of traffic control in the state should, as a matter of urgency, return normalcy and ensure free vehicular movement.
“This is actually unfortunate and something has to be done quickly. And we need to have the cooperation of both the drivers and owners of such vehicles because we cannot keep having this kind of damage in our state.”
Commissioner for Energy, Seun Ashamu, in his brief remarks, stated that his ministry would ensure speedy repairs of the damaged electric poles.
“As my colleagues have said, we thank God that we were able to contain an isolated incident yesterday. The power situation has been isolated.
“So, I can assure you that we will work assiduously to ensure that the cables are back and the poles are properly erected so that by the time the road is open, our light-up project would not be affected. Normalcy should return within the next 24 hours,” Ashamu concluded.
In their separate remarks, Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Prof. Dahud Sangodoyin, stated that the governor has directed his ministry to clear the part where the incident occurred and make it passable for vehicles.
However, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Abiodun Oni, noted that his ministry will work on the pollution and remedy the situation in the affected area.
Also speaking at the event, the Executive Chairman of OYRTMA, Dr Akin Fagbemi, represented by the General Manager of the Agency, Mr Adeoye Ayoade, stated that officers of the agency have been deployed to facilitate the free flow of traffic.
“The incident happened on Thursday night around 8 pm. We were informed and immediately deployed our officers to the scene.
“Our action was to ensure that road users are not trapped in the aftermath of what happened”, he said.