#HARDFACTS: Aftermath of Abule Ado Explosion
By Jude Chukwuemeka
On the 15th of March 2020, around 9am, the people of Abule Ado heard a loud blast. A woman who just had her baby may have been part of those who died in that blast, as rescuers were not able to reach her under the rubbles. Lagos State government, companies and individuals have offered their widows mite to the people of Abule Ado. Many of them have lost so much.
Nigeria Info FM Lagos news correspondents Ijeoma Esek and Emetekefe Akpovwovwo put together a report which reflects on how the lives of many in that vicinity got changed forever.
Houses, schools, mosques, vehicles, were destroyed. A woman, Elizabeth Oyemadu woke up to prepare for Sunday service on that sad day. She reveals how her son, daughter, and daughter-in-law lost their lives. They were among the 23 people that died. A Catholic school Bethlehem Girls College was also affected, had five personnel dead. However, no student died.
Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who visited the area a day after the explosion compares the blasted area to a war zone, and rather very unfortunate. Some of the women who were interviewed said the blast was a bomb, not pipeline explosion.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) claimed in a statement tells the nation the cause of the blast. The NNPC spokesman, Kenny Obateru said the blast occurred after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a processing plant located near the company.
Lagos State opened five accounts to which anyone who wants to donate and assist the people of Abule Ado. Governor Sanwo-Olu announced a 2 billion Naira relief fund for victims. This came with an immediate 250 million naira injected into the fund. The governor said that the damage done at Abule Ado is more than what any state government can take on.
The Nigerian Governors Forum has also donated 200 million Naira to the fund. The National Emergency Management Agency later commenced an enumeration exercise. The Agency will check for detailed landlords and tenants information in the area to help the federal government determine the intervention that is needed.
Sandra Ezekwesili further treats how the lives of the homeless and poor will be affected as the outbreak of COVID-19 rages on in Lagos.