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APC Blames Fayose Over Ekiti Tanker Fire

By: Olajide Toriola
All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has blamed Governor Ayodele Fayose for failure to quench Monday tanker fire at a petrol station in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

Several houses were also burnt in the inferno.

The party described Fayose as a pretender explaining that carrying a bucket of water to join in putting off the fire is a height of hypocrisy and pretence after the governor deliberately created conditions that rendered the state Fire Service ineffective.

Last week Monday, fire raged at a fuel station in Ado-Ekiti and spread to neighbouring buildings after a spill from a fuel tanker caught fire that left residents groaning as passersby watched the petrol station and nearby houses in flames.

Governor Fayose was sighted 30 minutes later holding a bucket of water, trying to join in quenching the fire.

But Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, berated the governor, regretting that he turned the sad incident to a comic show by shouting and rolling up his sleeves trying to quench the fire with a bucket of water “in apparent showmanship in his usual way of deceiving the public that he is a man of the people”.

Accusing the governor of destroying the system that would have prevented the sad incident, Olatunbosun said: “Governor Fayose is an unconscionable pretender by trying to quench a raging inferno with a bucket of water after rendering the State Fire Services prostrate. This is at best showmanship which Fayose is best known for.

“Fayose should be ashamed of his conduct as he is telling the outside world that Ekiti is so backward such that it is bucket of water that is used to quench a raging inferno rather than modern fire fighting equipment.

“It is a height of irresponsibility and sheer pretence for Fayose to turn himself to an emergency fire fighter with a bucket of water after he sacked trained fire fighters and paramedics recruited to fight fire incidents by his predecessor, former Governor Kayode Fayemi, while he also abandoned the modern fire fighting equipment purchased by the last APC administration.

“Fayemi recruited firemen and paramedics numbering 122 for fire prevention and care of accident and fire victims.

“These men were trained twice within seven months by fire fighting experts from America and Israel in modern techniques of combating fire incidents while the administration also bought well-equipped water tankers and fire trucks and distributed them across the state in towns, such as Ado Ekiti, Omuo, Ikole, Ijero, Aramoko and Ikere.

“Fayemi also bought well-equipped ambulances to give first aid to fire victims while arrangement was made with the local governments to operationalise the system in their localities to ensure prevention of fire and combating fire incidents across the state.

“But on assumption of office, in his usual policy of vendetta, Fayose did not only sack the trained paramedics but also abandoned all the equipment in his usual style of rubbishing or abandoning his predecessors’ projects.

Arguing that there were no losses through fire incidents during Fayemi’s administration, he said Fayose had turned Ekiti State to “an enclave of anguish” by refusing to pay workers salaries, imposition of unbearable taxes on petty traders and school children, while also cancelling Fayemi’s social security scheme for the elderly but later re-introduced the same programme “as a compensation for PDP loyalists who are beneficiaries”.

He described Fayose’s announcement to establish fire stations across the state as unnecessary, waste of resources and “an attempt to cheat the state as usual”, insisting that if the governor had not abandoned what his predecessor had on ground, the sad incident would have been averted.

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