By Henry Odeh
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has said that incessant fire outbreak in various parts of Oyo State in recent times, particularly the last incident which occurred at Moniya area of Akinyele Local Government of the state was as a result of human recklessness, especially commercial motorists.
The South West (Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, and Ekiti states) Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr SLAKU Lugard Bijimi, while speaking with Sunrise Bulletin correspondent in his office at the Oyo state secretariat on Monday said that NEMA has visited the site of the fire inferno at Moniya shortly after the incident occurred to have a first hand assessment.
He stated further that the agency has compiled its report and have made recommendations to its head office in Abuja adding that whatever the next line of action of the agency would be will be determined by the approval it receives.
He said: “We have been to the spot of the incident, we have seen what happened at the Moniya fire inferno and in our usual way we will see what we can do but the truth about it is that when it comes to fire explosion involving vehicles, of course NEMA can not buy vehicles for them.
“We have assessed those affected shops, we have looked at them and we know what to do about them, we have made our recommendations to our head office but the critical issue there is that we don’t have people who are disciplined when they are driving, those small small taxis here, the Okada, and the KEKE drivers.
“If you go to that particular road you will discover that they it is still under construction but these drivers will not give chances at all and so, it becomes a very big issue for us but we will continue to create awareness and we are hoping that people will learn so that we can prevent recurrence of such incident because one life lost can not be bought back.
“So we have assessed and we are looking at shops that were affected but for the lives that were lost we really sympathize with families of the victims,” he concluded.
The NEMA boss however hinted that the agency may be collaborating with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to embark on sensitization campaign after the lockdown to major markets within the state to sensitize people and create more awareness on the need for safety precautions and prevention of human induced disasters.