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NPA begins probe into Calabar tank farm explosion, condoles victims

The management and board of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has commiserated with the Cross River State Government and families of people who lost their lives in the fire incident which occurred at the Linc Oil and Gas tank farm located at the Calabar Free Trade Zone (FTZ) facility on Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Accordingly, the Authority has commenced an investigation on the incident, saying it is working with relevant agencies to prevent a recurrence of such events anytime in the future.

As part of the measures to forestall future occurrence the Authority has been in touch with the Cross River State Government on safety concerns over Esuk-Utan Beach residents’ right in the middle of an industrial area.

In a terse statement, the managing director, Hadiza Bala Usman said “We want to reiterate our commitment to the safety of all customers, operators and agencies within our facilities nationwide”.

“We also commend the courageous effort of the NPA and Calabar free trade zone firemen, who put their lives on the line to prevent the spread of the terrible inferno. This is addition to the deployment of our Tug Boat MV Zaria that provided support from the waterfront.

Usman further wished survivors who sustained injuries from this incident speedy recovery and prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead