Lawmaker calls for strict regulatory measures against siting of gas plants
As the number of victims of the gas explosion that rocked Ajegunle, Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Council of Lagos State, lawmaker representing the area in the House of Representatives, Mr. Kolawole Taiwo, has harped on the need for government to enforce strict regulatory measures, and monitor the setting up of gas plants in the country.
At least two persons were reported dead, with over 20 others seriously injured in the explosion, which occurred last Wednesday.
Taiwo, a former deputy speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly said it has become imperative for government at all levels to discourage the establishment of gas plants in residential areas following nasty experiences of gas explosions that have occurred in various parts of the country in recent times.
While addressing the media in Lagos, yesterday, after a condolence visit to the victims and families of the bereaved, the lawmaker said government should compel those wanting to establish gas plants to do so in designated areas, with strict safety measures due to the highly flammable nature of gas.
“I am already preparing to move a motion in the House, which I intend to discuss with the Speaker, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, to be treated as urgent as possible on how to regulate and monitor the setting up of gas plants,” he said.
Taiwo said if not for the fact that the issue of gas was on the exclusive list, state assemblies would have been in a better position to regulate it, except the issue of distribution and sales.
He, however, advised property owners not to entertain the idea of subletting their property in highly populated areas to investors to set up gas plants, saying state government and local councils could also work on this in terms of granting permits.
The lawmaker commended the state emergency agencies and the compassion expressed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, among others in rendering quick assistance to the victims.