Explosions: Senate Urges Clampdown On Illegal Gas Retailers

The Senate on Tuesday urged the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to clamp down on illegal roadside retailers of liquefied petroleum gas, those operating within residential areas and licensed plants who lack basic and standard minimum requirements.

It also mandated its committees on Gas and Industries to investigate the causes of the recent cases of gas explosions across the country with a view to finding permanent and sustainable solutions that would save the lives of the people.

These followed the adoption of a motion by Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who expressed sadness over the loss of at least eight lives in gas-related explosions and fire incidences in Abeokuta metropolis, Ogun State, in quick successions within two weeks last month.

The Senate, accordingly, called on the Federal and State Fire Services to enforce the mandatory use of fire safety equipment in homes and places of work.

It also urged the Standards Organization of Nigeria, the DPR, the National Orientation Agency and marketers of gas and highly inflammable products to embark on aggressive, consistent sensitization and awareness campaigns on safe ways of using gas cylinders and other inflammable materials to save lives.

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