Lagos Assembly ponder regulating cooking gas sale

The recent incidents of gas explosion In Lagos State has elicited reaction from Lagos State House of Assembly, has they posit that there is a need to regulate the sale of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, popularly known as cooking gas, in residential areas.

To curb incidents of explosion, the house also stressed the need to embark on aggressive sensitisation programme on the dangers inherent in indiscriminate proliferation of gas outlets.

The house made this resolve following a motion moved by a lawmaker representing Ajeromi/Ifelodun Constituency 1, Luqmon Olumoh.

According to the lawmaker, in as much as the LPG is an essential commodity used for cooking as it cooks faster, it is highly inflammable and requires extra precautions in its handling, storage and usage.

He noted that many retail outlets had sprung up in Lagos, mostly in residential areas and markets, adding that the recent gas explosion in Agejunle led to the loss of lives and property.

Olumoh made a call on the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources and the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Protection Agency to enforce the provision of Sections 184 and 187 of the Environmental Protection and Management Law 2017.

He also called on the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development to ensure strict compliance with the provisions of Physical Planning Permit Regulations as it relates to gas retailing business.

He said the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources “to carry out mandatory roles in the ministry by ensuring licences are given to qualified business individuals.”



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