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Andoni Local Government Chairman Barrister Erastus Awortu has sympathized with the families of the victims of the recent Bonny-Bille-Nembe Jetty fire disaster near Creek Road in the heart of Port city Harcourt in Rivers State.
A statement signed by the president said the preventable incident was unfortunate and unacceptable, and called on people to always ensure they put safety first in everything they do.
The statement read: “The Chairman of Andoni Local Government Area, Barrister Erastus Awortu, on behalf of the council, wishes to express his sincere condolences to the families of the victims of Monday’s fire at Bonny Pier. -Bille-Nembe to Port Harcourt.
“It should be recalled that dozens of people, including some Andoni natives, were killed in hell while some people are still missing.
“As a local government council, we are deeply saddened by this unfortunate incident which claimed the lives of breadwinners, heads of households, pregnant women and children, some of whom are from Andoni.
“Our hearts and prayers go out, especially to the families of Andoni affected by this preventable fire.
“As we share the pain and grief of the bereaved families, we pray that Almighty God will give them the courage to bear the irreparable loss.
“The Rivers State government’s swift response to the fire which saved some people from the fiery hellfire is highly commendable.
“We also welcome the measures currently being taken by the state government to prevent the wave of fires at the Bonny-Bille-Nembe jetty in PortHarcourt.
“It is therefore fitting that we use this medium to call on all Andoni natives doing business at the pier or in any part of the state to observe high standards of safety at all times and strictly adhere to the state government’s position on the illegal bunkering of oil that allegedly caused a massive fire”.