The confusion over the cause of the gas explosions in Ogun state in recent weeks persists. Though a good charge, this time the Senate is urging DPR to clamp down on illegal LPG ( cooking gas )retail sellers in response to the recent explosions in Ogun state which was caused by gases used for Air-conditioning and Refridgerator. Below is an excerpt from the Guardian Newspaper.
The Senate has urged the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to clamp down on illegal roadside retailers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
The motion was “On the need to curb the rising cases of gas-related fire incidences, explosions, and deaths in Ogun”.
The upper chamber also urged DPR to step up the clampdown on illegal roadside retailers of LPG who operate without a valid license or who operate within residential areas.
The senate equally mandated its Committees on Gas, and Industries to investigate the cause(s) of the recent cases of Gas explosions in Ogun, other states, and the FCT.
This, it said was in order to find permanent and sustainable solutions that would save the lives of the people, and report back to the Senate.
Moving the motion, Amosun said that natural gas found in abundance in the country had continued to gain acceptance among most homes in Nigeria as it was used for cooking, welding.
He said that this essential commodity if not well managed and regulated, could be a curse rather than a blessing because of the loss of lives and destruction of properties that were usually associated with it whenever anything went wrong.
The lawmaker called on regulatory agencies in the LPG to live up to their responsibilities to enforce standards, clamp down on the influx of sub-standard cylinders and retailers who dispense adulterated gas.
The resolutions were all adopted after a voiced vote by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.
The charge for the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)
The LPG( cooking gas ) and other gas-related industries require more ‘boots on ground’, in order to effectively monitor and check mal-practices of ill-equipped professionals.
It is not enough to cry out to the regulatory authorities when incidents occur, what is required for effective regulation is an adequate number of personnel and a feedback mechanism to enable anyone to report illegal activities to the authorities.