By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
The Lagos State House of Assembly will be investigating the alleged pollution of water in Akoka area of Somolu in the state by a filling station due to underground leakage.
The lawmakers also called on the ministry of the environment and the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) to investigate the pollution of the water.
These resolutions were made following a motion moved by Hon. Rotimi Olowo, (Somolu I), who argued that the leaking of the underground tanks in a filling station at Saint Finbarr, Akoka, had polluted the water in the area.
Olowo reiterated that drinking of such water is unhygienic which could affect the health of the residents.
While butressing on the need to urgently intervene on the issue, Hon. Hakeem Sokunle, (Oshodi-Isolo I) said, “drinking water with carbonmonoxide is like drinking poison.”
Sokunle added, “The water containing fuel meant for drinking has irreversible effect on the body which can alter the DNA.”
In his contribution, Hon. Tunde Braimoh (Kosofe II) said, “The issue is very germane because it borders on the people. Where people’s lives are being sacrificed on the altar of business, we should act. The earlier the better before people resort to self-help.”
The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade however cautioned his colleagues over mentioning a particular filling station, saying it would be too early to jump into conclusion.
“I am not too comfortable with menrioning of a particular filling station,” adding that there should be a thorough investigation to ascertain the truth.”
The Chief Whip, Hon. Rotimi Abiru, hinted that the issue in contention happened in his constituency, saying the ministry of the enviroment had already conducted investigation on the matter.Abiru stressed” I also support the idea that the House should conduct its own investigation on it”
In his ruling, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that the House would still come up with a committee to do its independent investigation.
Obasa added that the ministry would be required to submit it report to the House, “if indeed they have the report.”