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Senate to investigate causes of gas tanker explosions in Nigeria

The Senate on Wednesday directed its Committees on Petroleum Downstream and Gasoline Sources to analyze the distant and fast causes of fuel tanker explosions in components of the nation, to stop a recurrence and report again in two weeks.

The decision was reached sequel to the consideration of a movement delivered to the ground by Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeolu (APC – Lagos West).

Coming beneath Order 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Rule, the lawmaker famous that on September 24, 2020, a large fuel explosion occurred at Cele Bus Cease, Iju-Ishaga in Ifako-Ijaiye LGA, Lagos State.

This was disclosed in an announcement by Ezrel Tabiowo, the spokesman of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.

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In response to him, “the explosion induced severe physique accidents to no fewer than 44 individuals whereas destroying 36 buildings together with a church, an occasion centre and a plank market in addition to destroying 26 autos inside a radius of 300 metres of the explosion.

“Regrets that the explosion believed to have been brought on by the burst tyre igniting a fuel leak of a caught 30 tonne Gasoline Tanker making an attempt to extricate itself from mud completely destroyed multi-billion naira properties and companies of many voters.

“Additional notes that virtually two weeks afterward October 10, 2020, an identical fuel explosion occurred at Candos Highway, Baruwa, Ipaja-Ayoba, Alimosho LGA when an LPG Tanker within the technique of discharging fuel at a fuel plant exploded from sparks of a working energy generator within the plant.

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“Regrets that on this second tragic incident 18 lives together with a father and little one have been misplaced with scores sustaining accidents whereas 25 homes and 16 lock-up outlets crammed with items price thousands and thousands of naira have been burnt.

“Conscious that the Tanker House owners Affiliation in Nigeria estimates that over 80% of all articulated autos as those concerned in these incidents lack security protocol requisite to their operations and plying of public roads.

“Additional conscious that there was a recurrence of comparable explosions in latest occasions in the identical senatorial district as occurred in 2016, 2018 (Abule-Egba), 2019 (Abule – Egba) 2020 (Ijegun), 2020 (Ile-Epo, Oke-Odo) and Abule Ado.

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“Nervous that Nigerians residing and conducting respectable companies in my densely-populated senatorial district now dwell in justifiable worry of dropping not solely their lives or these of family members from these frequent explosive fireplace disasters but additionally their properties and investments.

“Commends officers and males of LASEMA, Lagos State and Federal Fireplace Companies, Nigeria Police Drive, Nigeria Safety and Civil Protection Corps and extraordinary Nigerians on their immediate roles in placing out the inferno ensuing from these explosions and mitigating its unfold in addition to rescuing victims.”

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