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Obasanjo Presidential Library Calls For Investigation As Gas Explosion Rocks Facility, Kills One





From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

The management of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, OOPL, Abeokuta, Ogun State, has expressed concern over the worrisome cases of gas explosion in the state and called on the appropriate authorities to investigate it.

The Management which was reacting to the gas explosion that rocked the main event Marquee of the OOPL complex and leading "to the death of a technical vendor and serious injury on the second vendor," on Thursday morning, lamented that there have been reports of similar incidents across the state in the last one week.

The Gas explosion today at the sprawling OOPL is coming about 48 hours after another explosion had occurred in former governor Gbenga Daniel's Conference Hotel, Abeokuta, leaving two persons, including 300Level student of Tai Solarin University of Education, Olamide Bakare dead.

In a statement by the Managing Director of OOPL Ventures, Vitalis Ortese, he said the explosion occured when the technical vendors were conducting routine servicing of the air conditioning units.

Vitalis said that the emergency team of the Library took appropriate steps to prevent further damage and subsequently moved the injured to the hospital while visitors to the facility were also temporarily limited to contain any fallouts from the explosion.

He stated : "The management of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library wishes to confirm that there was indeed a gas explosion today, at the main event Marquee of the complex in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital. The explosion emanated when a pair of technical vendors were conducting routine servicing of the air conditioning units.

"There have been reports of similar incidents across the state in the last one week, which calls for investigation by the appropriate authorities.

"The explosion, which occurred at about 11.04 am, unfortunately, led to the death of a technical vendor and serious injury of the second vendor. 

"The emergency team of the Library immediately took action to prevent further damage and subsequently moved the injured to the hospital. Visitors to the complex were temporarily limited to contain any fallouts from the explosion. This has, however, been restored after clearance by the fire service authorities.

"The management assures the public that all visitors to the library, guests at the Green Legacy Resort, the pupils at the CCGK nursery and primary school, clients at the cultural villages, and staff present on the premises at the time of the incident are safe. 

" Management wishes to condole with the families of the victim that died, while 
sending a get well message to the injured.

 "The management promises to keep to 
global safety best practices and wish visitors a good and memorable stay at the OOPL."

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