The Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Oladele Alake has condoled with the Oyo state Governor and his people over the news of the explosion that occurred yesterday night in Ibadan, Oyo State.
EarthNews Media recalls that the explosion which was still under investigation was alleged to have claimed two lives leaving several others wounded.
In the words of Dr Alake, “I offer my condolences over lost lives on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Solid Minerals to Governor Seyi Makinde and the good people of Oyo State. I also extend my sympathy to the wounded and other victims who suffered one loss or the other especially residents whose houses were destroyed. I pray the Almighty God to comfort the family of the deceased and grant succour to those who lost valuables as they begin to rebuild.
He noted that the Oyo State Government and Emergency Response Agencies of both the state and federal governments have promised to help as much as possible.
“In the interim, I have directed the ministry’s mine officers who are already on site in Ibadan to join ongoing investigations to find out the immediate and remote causes of the explosion. We have ordered a detailed investigation and our officers will work and collaborate with the Oyo State Government to know the actual cause.”
He further stated that “If the explosion was caused by mining explosives devices as earlier reported, the ministry will double its effort to tighten the noose around those acquiring explosives and storing them illegally.”
While commending Governor Seyi Makinde for the rapid mobilisation of emergency response, including the deployment of fire service, police and security agencies, he urged members to always be safety conscious and report persons or organisations endangering public health and security.
The tragic incident had devastating effects on lives and property, he noted