The Senate has urged regulatory authorities to review the processes for gas operators in Nigeria so as to avert more deaths and destruction of property from explosions of trucks conveying liquefied gas, especially in Lagos.
The regulatory agencies specifically include the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), State Town Planning Authority, the Fire Service, and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
The Senate challenged the agencies on Wednesday to review their operational processes, safety procedures and licensing regimes of gas business and its mode of transportation in the country.
It resolved to direct the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to send relief materials to affected persons and offset medical bills of hospitalised victims.
It also directed its Committees on Petroleum Downstream and Gas Resources to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the explosions with a view to preventing a reoccurrence and report back to the Senate within two weeks.
Senate resolved to write a condolence letter to the people and government of Lagos State.
This followed a motion of urgent need sponsored by Solomon Adeola Olamilekan, to investigate recent gas explosions in Lagos West Senatorial District resulting in loss of lives and destruction of property.
Olamilekan while presenting his motion, indicated that a massive gas explosion occurred at Cele Bus Stop, Iju-Ishaga in Ifako-Ijaiye Council Area of the state.
He said just about two weeks after on October 10, 2020, a similar gas explosion occurred at Candos Road, Baruwa, Ipaja-Ayobo, Alimosho Council Area when an LPG Tanker discharging gas at a plant exploded from sparks of a running power generator.
The Tanker Owners Association in Nigeria have estimated that over 80 per cent of all articulated vehicles involved in the incidents lacked safety protocols required for their operations and plying public roads, Olamilekan said.