The Nigeria Labour Congress has sympathised with the government and people of Nasarawa State and victims of gas explosion in Lafia that claimed scores of lives and destroyed property worth fortunes.
Ayuba Wabba, the NLC President, expressed the Labour sympathy in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
According to him, the incident is traumatic, awful and tragic, adding that the victims, majority of whom were either customers or passers-by, did not deserve the “avoidable tragedy”.
Wabba said: “We at the Nigeria Labour Congress, without prejudicing to the outcome of a possible investigation, believe this is an avoidable tragedy.
“As the government and people of the state come to terms with this horrific experience, we call on the state government to assist the survivors pick up their medical bills.”
He called on the state government to order an investigation into the unfortunate incident to met out severe sanctions to anyone found to have acted negligently.
Wabba said that there should be consequences for the acts of commission or omission that led to the tragedy.
He said: “We similarly call for enforceable regulations with regards to operation of highly inflammables in urban settlements.
“Only recently, a tanker fire on Odetola Bridge, led to indescribable loss of lives and property.
“We do not need another tragic outing before proactive actions are taken across the country by the appropriate authorities. Enough is enough.”
The explosion occurred on Monday at a gas plant close to a petrol station on Jos road, Lafia, killing several persons.
Several other persons sustained various degrees of injuries during the explosion which also destroyed vehicles and several shops.