Ogun Govt Seals Off Two Factories, Outlet Over Gas Explosion

The Ogun State Government on Friday sealed two gas factories and an outlet in Abeokuta, the state capital, over incidences of gas explosions in the past week.

This followed another incident of a gas explosion in the early hours of the day that happened inside the premises of a construction company at the Onikoko area of the city.

Two artisans and a secondary teacher were affected by the explosion which happened at about noon.

The Onikoko incident was the fifth in the series of such ugly development in the state over a week ago, leaving no fewer than 11 persons dead.

Worried about these occurrences, the State Government on Thursday constituted a Special Committee on Gas Explosion to investigate and unravel the circumstances surrounding the gas explosions.

The Committee led by the State Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Femi Ogunbanwo, accompanied by the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Environment, Mr Ola Oresanya, and other top government functionaries, visited the scenes of the incidents on a fact-finding mission.

They equally visited the scene of the incident at Onikoko and were able to trace the outlet where the gas was purchased at the Omida area of the town and sealed it.

The two main factories that supplied gas and oxygen to retailers at Idi-Ori and Obada -Oko axis of the state were equally sealed.

Addressing stakeholders meeting on the recent gas explosions, Ogunbanwo, described the incessant gas explosions as a serious challenge that must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

He maintained that the safety and well-being of the people of the State were non-negotiable, saying the government is determined to get to the root of the matter.

Ogunbanwo said the meeting was part of the measure taken by the government to find a lasting solution to the problem.

He thereby directed that retailers of gas to air-conditioners technicians and welders should stop selling till further notice.

In his remarks, Oresanya said the state government owed the entire nation the responsibility to secure lives and property.

Some of the stakeholders in attendance were the Oil and Gas Trade Association of Ogun State; Liquefied Gas Retailers; Ogun State Refrigerators and Air-conditioning Practitioners amongst others.



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