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President-elect Boakai Calls for Investigation into Totota Fuel Tanker Explosion Incident

by Varflay Kamara

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President-elect Joseph Boakai is calling for an investigation into the December 27 fuel tanker explosion in Totota, Bong County.

Health authorities have so far confirmed more than fifty deaths, while dozens of other injured are undergoing critical medical attention at various hospitals.

Ambassador Boakai wants the outcome of the investigation to include important recommendations to avoid the recurrence of the deadly incident.

In his consolation statement, Ambassador Boakai extended condolences to the bereaved families and called for additional support for the recovery of other victims seeking treatment at various hospitals across the country.

According to a release issued recently, the Liberian President-elect made the remarks over the weekend during a visit to the scene of the tanker explosion and burial site in Totota.

Ambassador Boakai also presented ten million Liberian Dollars and two hundred bags of 25kg rice to families of Totota fire victims.

President-elect Joseph Boakai was accompanied to Totota by hierarchies of the Unity Party (UP), including the Chairman of the Party, Luther Tarpeh, Senator Prince Moye, and some local authorities of Bong County.

Meanwhile, the ECOWAS Commission has consoled the Government and people of Liberia for the irreparable loss sustained after the explosion of the fuel tanker.

ECOWAS said it is shocked and saddened over the incident.

According to a statement issued recently, the ECOWAS Commission conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and urged them to take solace in the Lord to overcome the distress.

The Regional Bloc also expressed hope and prayed for the quick recovery of the injured and commended the Government of Liberia for the proactive measures to ensure their speedy recovery.

The ECOWAS Commission also committed its readiness to support ongoing measures by the Liberian Government to investigate the circumstances leading to the explosion to prevent a recurrence of similar tragic incidents.

At the same time, the Liberian Board of Nursing and Midwifery has donated rice to the Phebe Hospital in Bong County.

It followed appeals from the administration of the hospital for medical and non-medical supplies to cater to victims of the recent gas tanker explosion in Totota.

Presenting the rice, the Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Board, Cecelia Kpangbala-Flomo, extended sympathy to families of the deceased and stressed that the Board was concerned about the well-being of victims still alive.

Responding to the gesture, Phebe Hospital Medical Director, Dr. Minnie Sankawulo-Ricks, described the gesture as appropriate and thanked the Nursing and Midwifery Board for timely responding to their request.

Dr. Ricks also appealed for additional supplies to strengthen the Hospital’s capacity to feed and provide medical care for patients.


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