…As PDP commiserates, hails Makinde’s prompt emergency response
By Tayo ABIOLA
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State said that the state would not take a knee-jerk reaction of placing ban on mining activities in the state following Tuesday night explosion.
This is as the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), commiserated with the Governor, government and the people of Oyo State over the deadly explosion, describing it as tragic.
When asked if he was going to ban mining in the state following the incident in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, Makinde said, “My approach has been a little bit different.
“I will not go out to ban mining activities because there are people who are legally mining in the state.
“They may be international investors. You will give the impression that this is a lawless environment where we will not obey our contracts, what we signed with people.
“It is a difficult route to take. When we are swimming through the situation we have found ourselves, we will not have a knee-jerk reaction to the issue.”
The areas affected by the incident include Bodija, Agbowo, Eleyele, and Orogun.
The governor had since blamed illegal miners, who stored explosive devices in one of the buildings in Bodija for causing the explosion.
But he said that his government was on top of the situation, as President Bola Ahmed Tinubu moved to help the state.
Makinde added that his government had provided temporary shelters for the victims and their families.
Meanwhile, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Debo Ologunagba, in a statement, in Abuja, on Thursday said, “Our Party is saddened over the explosion which claimed the lives of citizens, critically injured others and left many displaced following the destruction of homes and property in the area; a situation that has brought agony and pain to the people of Oyo State at this critical time.
“Our Party salutes Governor Makinde for his exceptional show of leadership in his swift response and intervention by visiting the scene of the incident and immediately providing all necessary emergency aids and support to the victims and their families, including prompt evacuation of victims, payment of medical bills, temporary accommodation to the displaced and assurance of support for their rehabilitation.
“Such prompt intervention by Governor Makinde helped in saving more lives and bringing succour to the victims and their families.
“The PDP calls for an investigation into the remote and immediate cause of the blast so as to bring the culprits to justice and prevent such tragic occurrence in the future.
“Our Party prays for the repose of the souls of dead and speedy recovery for the injured.”