Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, has sympathized and condoled with families of those who lost their lives and properties in the Onitsha fire disaster.
Lasgidi Reporters had reported that a truck loaded with petroleum product had exploded at Upper Iweka, Onitsha in Anambra State.
The truck was said to have lost control and rammed into the wall of the popular Toronto Hospital at Upper-Iweka before exploding.
Reacting, Farouq, in a statement on Thursday, described the incident as tragic, heartbreaking and unfortunate.
“I was saddened by the news of the fire disaster and sympathise with families of those who lost their lives and those who lost their properties. This is a huge loss to Nigeria.
“Our thoughts and prayers goes out to the families and victims of the unfortunate incident.
“I am aware that many others have lost so much as their shops and means of livelihood were affected by the fire.
“No doubt, this is a very difficult situation for you. I encourage you to remain steadfast as you hold on to the Almighty God for succour and strength.
“Be rest assured that the Ministry will work with other relevant government agencies and the Government of Anambra to bring relief and assistance to you,”she said.