The worrisome increase in the number of gas sellers in Lagos State has forced the House of Assembly to call on relevant authorities to ensure proper regulation and monitoring of gas sales to reduce incidents of gas explosion in the state.
The Deputy Speaker, Mr Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, presided over the plenary session which held on Monday.
Mr Lukman Olumo, representing Ajeromi/Ifelodun constituency I, said that it was important to regulate sales of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in residential areas.
Also representing (Badagry II) was Mr David Setonji, who said that some members of his community had been victims of gas explosions in recent pasts, killing over six people. Another lawmaker, Mr Sanni Okanlawon (Kosofe I), said that operators in the sector required education and skill.
“The players and actors must have enough education to do the business. We also need gas detection devices in our gas plants and sales outlets," Okanlawon stated.
Eshinlokun-Sanni called on the various agencies and stakeholders in the industry to put effort into curbing the rising destructive result of gas explosions in the state.
“The House also calls on the Commissioner for Information to embark on aggressive sensitisation programme on the indiscriminate proliferation of gas sales outlets in the state and the use of mobile phones and handling of gas cylinders,” he said.
He further stated, “The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources should ensure licenses are given to gas sellers in the state while the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) should give approval on the location of gas stations.”
The house, therefore, moved the motion for a mandatory gas detection device.
“There should be mandatory provision of gas detection devices. LASEPA should put up education programme to enlighten the players in the sector,” said Noheem Adams, who decried the poor knowledge of handling gas cylinders and the use of substandard cylinders.
The House of Assembly further urged the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to set up gas regulation centres for certification and re-certification of gas cylinders.
Mr Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader of the House, said, “We have seen lapses in the enforcement of laws. There must be physical presence of the regulatory agencies on the location of gas stores."
He added, “Some of the locations were approved without the officers visiting the areas. We should be more vigilant and proactive. It is important for SON to regulate the cylinders to check the quality.”