The Senate has started the process of investigating causes of frequent gas tanker explosions in the country.
The upper chamber today directed its Committees on Petroleum Downstream, Gas Resources to investigate the remote and immediate causes of gas tanker explosions in parts of the country, with a view to preventing a reoccurrence and report back in two weeks.
Furthermore, the Senate urged the Regulatory and Licensing Authorities of the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, State Town Planning Authority, the Fire Service and the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC to review the modus operandi, safety procedures and licensing regimes of this potentially combustible business and mode of transportation of gas in Nigeria.
The directive follows a resolution reached sequel to the consideration of a motion brought to the floor by Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeolu (APC – Lagos West).
Coming under Order 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Rule, Senator Adeolu noted that on September 24, 2020, a massive gas explosion occurred at Cele Bus Stop, Iju-Ishaga in Ifako-Ijaiye LGA, Lagos State.
He further expressed worry that Nigerians living and conducting legitimate businesses in his densely populated senatorial district now live in justifiable fear of not only losing their lives or those of love ones from these frequent explosive fire disasters but also their properties and investments.
He also noted that Tanker Owners Association in Nigeria estimated that over 80% of all articulated vehicles involved in this incidents, lack safety protocol requisite to their operations and plying of public roads.