- Governor Sanwo-Olu has commiserated with the victims of the gas explosion in Abule Ado area of Lagos state
- The Lagos state governor said his administration is working with the NNPC and NEMA to make life easier for everyone affected
- Sanwo-Olu added that he has instructed the state's environmental protection agency to give out personal safety materials to the people living around the affected area
The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has reacted to the explosion at Abule Ado area of Lagos state which left many dead and others injured in the early hours of Sunday, March 15.
In a thread of tweets posted via his official Twitter handle on Monday, March 16, Sanwo-Olu said condolences to everyone affected by the gas explosion.
He said his government is working with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other relevant agencies to ameliorate the plight of the victims.
Governor Sanwo-Olu added that he has instructed the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency to give out personal safety materials to the people living around the affected area.
He promised that the state government will continue to monitor the situation.
Nigerians on social media have also been reacting to Governor Sanowo-Olu's statement on the gas explosion.
Bosun Adedokun said: "Baba well done but this is reactive. There are many of those red flags all around the state and country. Ijegun and Abule Egba just happened. Once the uproar goes down, govt returns to regular programming."
"When will we stop being a reactive government and be a proactive one? Must things happen before we do right? Can't incidences be prevented rather that offering condolences ??" Oyinkansola tweeted.
Adewale also commented: "This act of waiting for next disaster to occur won't help us,we're wasting lives and properties.
"Why can't govt inaugurate a taskforce to identify all raptured and illegal sighoning through pipelines.
"Abule Egba incident just occurred and I guess we wait for the next!!"
Meanwhile, a statement from the NNPC has indicated that gas explosion was the cause of the blast which occurred at Abule Ado area of Lagos state.
Kennie Obateru, a spokesperson of the NNPC, disclosed that the blast which occurred on Sunday, happened after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s System 2B pipeline right of way.
Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari commiserated with all those affected by the explosion.
The Nigerian president in a statement on Sunday, March 15, through Garba Shehu, his senior special assistant, said he received with sadness the news of the incident which caused the loss of lives and property.
Also, Peter Obi, the vice-presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 presidential election, has hailed the Rev Sr Henrietta Alokhawho lost her life trying to save students from the explosion that affected their dormitory.
It was gathered that over 20 students were said to have been trapped in the dormitory as a result of the pipeline explosion.
The former governor of Anambra state in a series of tweets on Monday commiserated with all those affected by the explosion.
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