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Se­nate probes La­gos gas ex­plo­sions, makes case for vic­tims

- By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau Business · Nigeria News · Disasters · Incidents · Lagos · National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) · The German government

The Se­nate yes­ter­day di­rected its Com­mit­tees on Petroleum Down­stream, Gas Re­sources to in­ves­ti­gate the re­mote and im­me­di­ate causes of gas ex­plo­sions in Alimosho and Ifako-Ijaiye LGAs in La­gos.

It di­rected the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency and the Fed­eral Min­istry of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs, Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment and So­cial De­vel­op­ment to im­me­di­ately send re­lief ma­te­ri­als to af­fected vic­tims and off­set med­i­cal bills of hos­pi­tal­ized ones.

This fol­lowed a mo­tion by Se­na­tor Solomon Olamilekan Ade­ola (APC, La­gos), who noted that there had been a re­cur­rence of gas ex­plo­sions in re­cent times in La­gos West se­na­to­rial district.

On Septem­ber 24, a mas­sive gas ex­plo­sion, caused by the burst tyre ig­nit­ing a gas leak of a stuck 30 tonne Gas Tanker in Iju-Ishaga area of La­gos, caused se­ri­ous body in­juries to no fewer than 44 per­sons and de­stroyed multi-bil­lion naira prop­er­ties and busi­nesses.

Two weeks af­ter, on Oc­to­ber 10, a sim­i­lar gas ex­plo­sion oc­curred at Ipa­jaAy­oba, Alimosho LGA when an LPG Tanker in the process of dis­charg­ing gas at a gas plant ex­ploded, killing 18 peo­ple and in­jur­ing many oth­ers, while prop­er­ties worth mil­lions of naira were burnt.

Sim­i­lar gas ex­plo­sions also hap­pened in 2016, 2018 (Abule-Egba), 2019 (Abule - Egba) 2020 (Ije­gun), 2020 (Ile-Epo, OkeOdo) and Abule Ado.

Se­na­tor Ade­ola ex­pressed worry that Nigerians liv­ing and con­duct­ing le­git­i­mate busi­nesses in the se­na­to­rial district now live in jus­ti­fi­able fear of not only los­ing their lives or those of love ones from these fre­quent ex­plo­sive fire dis­as­ters but also their prop­er­ties and in­vest­ments.

The Se­nate, ac­cord­ingly, asked its com­mit­tees to probe the in­ci­dents with a view to pre­vent re­oc­cur­rence and report back in two weeks.

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