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Friday, September 25, 2020

Iju - Ishaga Explosion : Senator Adeola Commiserates With Victims


----Decries lack of adherence to safety standards 

From Heritage Odih (Abeokuta)

Senator Solomon Adeola  has commiserated with victims of the gas tanker explosion at Cele Bus Stop, Iju-Ishaga in Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area of his senatorial district.
           •Scene of yesterday explosion

The Daily Crucible recalls that Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) had revealed that 30 persons were injured in the explosion which occurred at Iju Ishaga yesterday, while houses and vehicles were also destroyed in the explosion.

The Director-General of LASEMA, Femi Oke-Osayintolu, who disclosed the information about the injured, said that the explosion was caused by a tanker conveying gas.

“It was confirmed that a 30 ton LPG Tanker being operated by Mana Gas Ltd was involved in an explosion which destroyed several vehicles, X and Y Event Center and a Plank Market in the above mentioned axis.

“The responders discovered that a compromised seal device by the truck driver had led to gradual leakages which then ignited when the tyres burst,” he said.

Also, Nosa Okunbor, the spokesman of the agency told reporters that the fire was totally extinguished in the evening around 6:27 p.m while over 30 adults were injured and  many others lost properties worth hundreds of millions of naira.

“A total number of 15 vehicles and 23 buildings were also affected, which includes an event centre, a church, residential and commercial buildings," according to the agency.

But reacting on Friday to the recurring explosion, Adeola, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senator representing Lagos West, decries the incessant incidents of either pipeline or gas and petrol tankers explosion in his densely populated senatorial district.

He noted that most of the explosions could be attributed to lack of adherence or absence of safety measures by operators of pipelines, tanker owners, lax regulatory regimes and sometimes human factors by operators of gas plant and petrol stations. 

“It is disheartening to learn from Tanker Owners Association that over 80% of articulated vehicles in Nigeria lack safety measures requisite for their operations and most of them are old and ill maintained vehicles without regulatory agencies like Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC and various vehicles inspection authorities doing anything about it. 

"The time is now for these regulatory agencies to enforce rules and regulation and for our laws to be amended to give bites where such is the impediment to enforcement,” he stated. 

While commending the Lagos State Government agency for emergencies, Lagos Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Fires Service for always rising to the occasion to mitigate these disasters, Senator Adeola called on the National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) to come to the aide of the victims with materials as most of them are not only homeless but lack basic necessities of life following the destruction of their properties. 

The Chairman, senate Committee on Finance, who conveyed his sympathy to the victims in a release by Chief Kayode Odunaro, his Media Adviser, promised to pursue legislation to restrict the movement of articulated vehicles carrying explosive materials to certain periods of the night and to densely populated areas like his largest senatorial district in Nigeria.

According to him, the preventive measures should be strictly enforced by regulators in term of location of gas plants and petrol stations in densely populated areas. 
 


 
 
 
 
 

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