By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
Following the gas explosion at Abule Ado, the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday called on the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) and Department of State Resources (DPR) to ensure strict compliance on the Right of Way on pipelines.
The House also called on the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to set up investigative panel with a view to bring perpetrators to book.
The resolution followed a motion moved by Hon. Mojisola Ali-Macaulay (Amuwo-Odofin l) and seconded Ageh Sulaiman (Amuwo-Odofin ll).
Ali-Macaulay who was emotionally disturbed said, “it was a fatal Sunday. A lot of lives were lost and many people rendered homeless.”
She recalled how a principal and pupils were feared dead due to the inferno and others seriously injured.
“The House also calls on NGO both local and foreign to contribute to the Fund set up by the State Government to ameliorate the sufferings of the people.
“Also calls on NNPC and DPR to ensure strict compliance on Right of Way for those that built on pipelines,” the lawmaker prayed.
Similarly, Hon Abiodun Tobun said that “Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) was not doing what was expected of them.
“The pipes are old. I’m of the opinion that Lagos State government should take them to court,” Tobun said.
The lawmakers took turns to sympathize with the families of the victims of the explosions, charging the state government to act fast to forestall reoccurrence.
However, on Sunday, no fewer than 17 persons confirmed dead and 25 others injured after a gas explosion rocked the Abule-Ado area, near the International Trade Fair Complex, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
More than 50 buildings in the area were affected by the explosion, as hundreds of residents were rendered homeless.
Several vehicles parked in the area were also destroyed by the explosion.