The Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for a probe of the helicopter crash involving Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and his entourage.
The vice president’s helicopter crash-landed in Kabba area of Kogi State on Saturday but everyone on board was safe.
In a message to rejoice with the vice president and all those involved in the crash, Okowa said the possible cause(s) should be investigated with the aim of preventing a future re-occurrence.
“I also call on relevant aviation regulatory agencies to investigate the crash with a view to unraveling the remote and the immediate cause of the crash and making plans to avert occurrence,” he said.
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The governor called on relevant stakeholders to ensure adequate maintenance and world best practices in the aviation sector to prevent deaths occasioned by such negative occurrences.
“It is also my appeal that relevant authorities must brace up to their job and ensure effective regulation in the sector. They must ensure adequate maintenance and international best practices for airplanes and helicopters conveying people of authority and those not in authority to prevent unnecessary loss of life due to avoidable mishaps,” he said.
Rejoicing with those saved in the crash in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, in Asaba on Saturday thanked God for the miraculous escape.
He declared that God was too faithful to allow such a calamity to befall Nigerians.
“I rejoice with Mr. President, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, the entire Federal Executive Council and the generality of Nigerians because we would have been thrown into a national mourning if the devil had prevailed in his evil enterprise.
“We thank God who has been merciful unto us as a nation and it is my prayer that such calamities will never occur in our dear country again,” he said.