- The Baruwa gas explosion in Lagos on Thursday, October 8, was caused by negligence on the part of the operators
- This was the position of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who got preliminary reports on the inferno hours after it erupted
- Sanwo-Olu vowed that the state government will impose stricter rules for the operators to avoid a recurrence of the tragedy
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The governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, October 8, disclosed the Baruwa gas explosion in the Ipaja area of the state was caused mainly by the negligence of safety guidelines on the part of the operators.
Sanwo-Olu noted that the tragedy which is an awful reminder of the Abule-Ado inferno earlier in 2020 has left a sour taste in his mouth and was absolutely avoidable.
The governor said lives would not have been lost and properties damaged if the operators had adhered to safety rules.
He, therefore, stated that henceforth, the government will take stiffer measures against operators of gas plants and/or any combustible items to prevent a repeat of the sad development.
The governor expressed his regret over the explosion and sent his condolence to the bereaved and affected families.
“I wish to therefore register my heartfelt condolences to the families of those that lost their loved ones in the fire. I pray that God grant their souls eternal rest.
“The reports I got showed that the explosion could have been avoided if the operators of the gas plant had adhered to safety guidelines. Lives would have been saved and properties too would not have been affected.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that tragedy struck in Lagos state in the early hours of Thursday as a gas station exploded in Baruwa, Ipaja area of the state.
The fire outbreak started around 6am while emergency responders stormed the explosion site around 7am, making efforts to put out the fire. An elderly man was burnt in one of the houses close to the gas plant while two people who sustained injuries from the fire were taken to the hospital for treatment.
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