Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode visited the Otedola Bridge on Thursday evening, where a tanker exploded in the evening, promising "to mitigate such things in the future".
Ambode, who reached the scene around 9:30 pm, was briefed by special task and inter-state relations commissioner, Mr. Seye Oladejo, among other emergency organizations.
Commenting on local journalists after assessing the situation, he deplored the families of the victims and those who lost their property to the incident.
He also instructed the emergency services and relevant government agencies to ensure the immediate removal of all burned vehicles off the road to reopen them for traffic.
"That's pretty unfortunate, we're actually there to see what's going on and as most people had to know, this is a tanker with 33,000 liters of PMS trying on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Climbing towards Kara Bridge and unfortunately lost control and then shedding almost all 33,000 liters on the road and there was an explosion that overtook many vehicles, "he said.
"At the last count, we burned about 50 vehicles and nine bodies recovered as well. I am pleased that our team has responded and the reaction time to this part of the incident was less than three minutes and if not, many things would be really gone wrong
"I would like to praise all our agencies ̵
Ambode added that although lives were lost through the unfortunate incident, consoling itself with the fact that more lives were saved, and urging residents to allow access to emergency workers in such incidents.
"I would like With all the families of those who have lost their lives, compassion shows incidents like this, but again we console ourselves for saving more lives. At the moment we would make sure that this traffic is cleared within 30 minutes immediately to free the main highway because we need to continue using it. "He said.
" I also want to appeal to Lagosians that we do not like seeing spectators; There is a need to make room for our first responders and all our agencies to save lives quickly, and that is the whole essence of the response unit.
"I also want to thank people for being patient with us, and we will continue to do our best and make sure that we mitigate such things in the future."