By Aisha Cole
Lagos, Aug. 6, 2020 The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other stakeholders have constituted a working committee to develop and monitor safety procedures of commercial storage and sales of gas cylinders within the state.
The Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, stated this in a statement issued on Thursday in Lagos.
He said that the committee was coming on the heels of the directives from the governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, following the series of fire incidents recently caused by gas cylinder explosions in some parts of the state.
According to Oke-Osanyintolu, the gas cylinder explosions have had destructive impacts on the lives and property of the people of the state.
He said that the committee comprised the Lagos Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Lagos State Safety Commission and the Lagos State Fire Service.
“The resulting fires have been extremely challenging for the agencies and have caused great hardship at a time when the impacts of COVID-19 are already affecting economic activities.
“The committee will work with all the internal stakeholders and schedule further meetings with external parties to address this scourge,” he said.
Oke-Osanyintolu added that fact sheets and information on gas safety had been prepared and were available for dissemination to media organisations, in line with the advocacy and enlightenment responsibilities of the agency.
By Aisha Cole