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First ever succor and freewill donation of N10 million, has come the way of over 300 survivors of recent Osisioma pipeline inferno near the commercial city of Aba in Abia State.
It came from the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who also commiserated with the people and government of Abia State over the pipeline explosion which killed scores of people in the state.
Vice presidential candidate and former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi, who represented Atiku, announced the donation when he visited the affected communities in company with Abia Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, and other officials of the state.
In a statement issued by the Atiku Media Office on Wednesday in Abuja, the presidential flag bearer said he considered the pains of the wounds and economic displacement facing the survivors at the moment and made the donation.
Business Hilights recalls that product leaks from a ruptured pipeline belonging to the NNPC, exploded and claimed over 150 lives and destroyed properties on October 12, in Umuimo and Umuaduru communities in Osisioma Local Government Area of Abia State.
Atiku said the news of the explosion was very devastating and that it was particularly touching that so many lives were lost in the incident, decrying that “The fatal incident should raise the red flag for proper safety measures along all pipeline beds across the country”.
While commiserating with the government and people of Abia State, he prayed for families that lost their relations in the incident, noting that part of the donation will settle hospital bills and help those that lost their livelihood to restart new lives.
State dignitaries who welcomed Obi include the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Ude Oko Chukwu; Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Hon. Solomon Adaelu.
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