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Senate probes Lagos gas explosions, makes case for victims

- By Abdullatee­f Salau

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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