Moremi Ojudu, the Special Assistant to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Community Engagement in the South West, has criticized the storage of explosives designated for mining in residential areas, The Global News reports.

The President’s aide said this during a visit to Governor Seyi Makinde, to commiserate on the death of five persons and several others who sustained injuries and commiserated with Oyo State governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde and the families of the victims, especially, those who lost their lives in the recent explosion that rocked Ibadan, Oyo State Capital.

According to Ojudu, concerning impact on the state and the victims of the explosion continues to be distressing.

During a meeting with Oyo State’s Deputy Governor, Barrister Abdul-Raheem Adebayo Lawal, the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Olanike Adeyemo, and other top government officials at the Agodi Secretariat on a condolence visit, she commended the governor for promptly visiting the explosion site and initiating a swift investigation into the cause.

“On behalf of the President and the entire South-West Community Engagement team, I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Oyo State during this time of immense sorrow and loss.

“We strongly condemn the storage of explosives meant for mining in residential areas. The consequences of such negligence have been devastating, resulting in the loss of precious lives and widespread damage to property. It is a stark reminder of the dangers posed by improper handling and storage of hazardous materials, and it underscores the necessity of strict adherence to safety protocols in any industrial or mining activity,” she said.

She promised to work closely with relevant authorities to offer support and assistance to the affected communities.

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