Plateau pays 20m to vic­tims of chlo­rine gas leak

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Lami Sadiq, Jos

The Plateau State gov­ern­ment has paid N20 mil­lion as com­pen­sa­tion to the rel­a­tives of the eight vic­tims of last year’s chlo­rine gas leak from a gov­ern­ment wa­ter treat­ment plant along Mur­tala Mo­hammed Way, Jos, Plateau State.

Eight per­sons in Dakum com­mu­nity had choked to death while about 100 per­sons were hos­pi­talised when they in­haled chlo­rine gas re­leased from wrongly placed cylin­ders stored in the state gov­ern­ment’s wa­ter treat­ment plant on the 25th of July 2015.

Plateau State Com­mis­sioner of Wa­ter Re­sources, Eng. David Ja­faru Wuyep yes­ter­day said the state gov­ern­ment had on the an­niver­sary of the tragedy com­mis­er­ated with the fam­i­lies of the vic­tim and given out the sum of N2.5 mil­lion to the fam­i­lies of each of the vic­tims as re­lief.

Wuyep added, “We will go fur­ther than that to reach out to their var­i­ous state gov­ern­ments in terms of sup­port so that those that lost bread win­ners are given em­ploy­ment and schol­ar­ship for stu­dents.”

He also told Daily Trust that the in­terim re­port on the gas leak showed some level of sab­o­tage, adding that the is­sue had been trans­ferred to the po­lice for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Sev­eral ef­forts to reach the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the fam­i­lies, Com­rade Alex Uche Achudume, failed.

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