In a bid to suppress the illegal roadside retailers of liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) the Senate has urged the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to swing into action. This bid according to the Senate is to enhance safety in the country.
The resolution was sequel to a motion moved by Senator Ibikunle Amosun (APC-Ogun) during plenary on Tuesday. The motion was “On the need to curb the rising cases of gas-related fire incidences, explosions, and deaths in Ogun”.
Those who operate without a valid license or are operational within residential areas, from commands from the upper chamber are urged through the DPR to step up the clampdown on illegal roadside retailers of LPG.
The senate went on to mandate its Committees on Gas, and Industries to thoroughly investigate the cause(s) of the latest cases of Gas explosions in Ogun, other states and the FCT.
This was said to be an attempt to find a lasting and sustainable solution that would save the lives of the people, and report back to the Senate.
After moving the motion, Amosun said that natural gas found in abundance in the country has increasingly gained acceptance in most homes across Nigeria as it was used for cooking, welding.
He went on to say it is an important commodity, but if not well managed and regulated, it could be a total disaster, 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 by enforcing standards, which clamps 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.