By Ebunoluwa Sessou
In an attempt to address the incessant gas explosion in the state, the Lagos State House of Assembly has directed its Committee on Special Duties to invite interested parties and interested bodies with a view to finding a lasting solution to the threat.
This was the resolution reached in an emergency plenary session on Friday, after the deputy to District 1 of Alimosho, Mr. Bisi Yusuf, presented to the Chamber the explosion that shook the Baruwa area of Ayobo Ipaja, in which they lost five lives and several properties were destroyed.
Yusuf, recounting the incident, explained that it was a bad Thursday for the people of Alimosho after the explosion occurred and not only destroyed millions of naira worth of properties but also claimed lives.
He noted that the House during the Eighth Assembly presented a resolution condemning the location of gas plants within residential areas, but that the resolution was not applied by the necessary agencies.
The members, while lending their voices, condemned a situation in which gas plants are located with residential areas, as well as urged the state Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to desist from approving the location of gas plants within residential areas.
The Speaker of the House, although he pitied the people of Alimosho, especially those who lost their loved ones, said that the House is the representative of the people who can no longer sit back and continue to allow the loss of life.
Obasa noted that the government’s responsibility is to protect lives in particular, adding that properties could be replaced when destroyed, but lives are irreplaceable.
“So it is our duty to protect the lives of our people and how do we do it? We need to get accurate information on how these gas plants are being approved and how they are being monitored.
“We need to allow our special duties committee to investigate this and involve necessary and concerned authorities and operators, so that we can get real pictures and what exactly is responsible for these explosions,” he said.
However, the House special duties committee was ordered to report to the House within a week.