Senate probes Lagos gas explosion

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The Senate, on Wednesday, directed its Committees on Petroleum Downstream and Gas to investigate the remote and immediate causes of a gas explosion at the Ladipo spare parts market in Lagos.

The Upper Chamber observed a minute silence in honour of those that lost their lives in the unfortunate tragedy.

It resolved to write a condolence letter to the people and Government of Lagos State on the deaths arising from the explosion.

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

The resolutions of the Senate followed its constitutional of a motion titled: Urgent need to investigate gas explosion at Ladipo area, Mushin Local Governor Area resulting in loss of lives and massive destruction of properties” sponsored by Senator Solomon Adeola (Lagos West).

Adeola, in his lead debate, said the Senate: “Notes that in the early hours of Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 around 8.30am, a gas explosion occurred at a domestic Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) sale point at 21, Ojekunle Street in the Ladipo Spare Parts Market area in densely populated Mushin LGA, Lagos State.

“Further notes that the explosion caused no fewer than five deaths comprising of three adult male, a woman and a 10-year-old boy who died in the hospital before medical attention could be rendered while 10 people were rescued and treated on the spot for injuries according to emergency agencies that promptly responded to the inferno.

“Informed that the explosion, suspected to have been caused by fire close by gas cylinders at the sale point leading to deaths and destruction of properties including 6 lock up shops, 10 houses, vehicles and motorcycles in the vicinity of the blast at the sale LPG sale point.

“Aware that there has been a recurrence of similar explosions in recent times in the same area in my senatorial district as happened in 2016, 2018 (Abule-Egba), 2019 (Abule – Egba) 2020 (Ijegun) and 2020 (Ile-Epo, Oke-Odo), 2020(Abule Ado).

“Worried that Nigerians resident in all the densely populated area where these explosions occurred now live in fear of not only losing properties and investment but their lives or those of love ones from these frequent explosive fire disasters.

“Commends officers and men of NEMA, LASEMA and Lagos State Fire Service on their prompt roles in putting out the inferno resulting from the explosion and mitigating its spread as well as rescuing victims of the explosion.

Senators in their contribution supported the motion and approved the prayers when they were put to voice vote by Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege who presided over plenary.

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