The families of victims of the chlorine gas explosion at the Laminga water treatment plant in Jos belonging to the Plateau State Water Board, located at Dogon Karfe to protest over lack of compensation by the Plateau State Government.
In a Press statement signed by the 8 affected families and made available to Newsmen in Jos, the Coordinator, Comrade Uche Achudume said the explosion will clock one year next month yet the Plateau State government has not made any effort to compensate the families of the 8 victims, and to make matters worse, the government went to media and said no compensation will be made to families of those who lost their love ones following the chlorine gas explosion.
The spoke person said the Director of Press and Public Affairs to Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Emmanuel Nanle while responding to Daily Trust Correspondent on the issue said, “Government is not supposed to pay compensation.”
Comr. Uche announced that the they are staging a peaceful protest on Wednesday 22nd June 2016 in Jos adding that after several recommendations made to the Plateau State government by Investigative Committees constituted by both the Governor and the State House of Assembly which revealed that the accident is based on negligence and unprofessional handling of the stockpile cylinders containing toxic gas that spread and killed their love ones, the government however has forgotten too quickly.
The Coordinator stressed that the State Government must take responsibility of its action for using banned toxic chlorine gas and pay the affected families or faced legal action.
The 8 victims are:
- Brenda Adebayo – A final year student of the Nigerian Film Institute Jos
- Joy Ezenna – A final year student of the Nigerian Film Institute Jos.
- Master Usman Aboi , A Secondary School leaver and a civil servant
- Christiana Babanle a nine months pregnant woman. Others are
- Olusola Adesite a lecturer at the University of Lagos(UNILAG) and a visiting Lecturer at the University of Jos.
- Master Samuel Nwosu the only male child of his parents,
- Miss Ifelunwa Peace Achudume an international solo singer and member of the NTA/Capital Voice choir Abuja and Abuja Mass Choir, a 200-level student of Political Science University of Jos. As well Miss Sonia Bigila a graduate of Bio-Chemistry and a Master degree student of the University of Jos respectively.