OrderPaperToday-The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to partner with the government of Lagos State to find the root cause of the explosion that rocked Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency of the state on Sunday with a view to averting a recurrence in the future.
It also resolved to support the relief fund set up by the state government victims of the disaster.
These resolutions followed a motion moved under matters of urgent public importance sponsored by the Lagos caucus in the House of Representatives during Wednesday plenary.
Raising the motion, leader of the caucus, Hon. Enitan Badru (APC, Lagos) noted that on Sunday, March 15th, 2020, Abule Ado of Amuwo Odofin, Lagos was rocked by a gas explosion resulting in a catastrophic national disaster.
Mr Badru noted that the unprecedented destruction orchestrated by the gas plant explosion killed over 30 (thirty) people, including the principal of Bethlehem College, Rev.Sr. Henrietta Alokha, Mr Obi lyio and his wife and two children, Tochukwu and Kachi.
According to the lawmaker, the explosion was so horrific that the epicenter of the blast created a gory cave and sent tremors and inferno into its immediate and far surroundings which resulted in a lot of destruction of lives and properties.
He expressed worry that about 500 buildings that housed more than five thousand people were destroyed in the gas plant blast, rendering thousands of people homeless.
“Besides those that died, more than two hundred people who are injured by the explosion who suffered various degrees of injuries are receiving medical treatment in different hospitals and many people are still trapped underneath wreckages of collapsed buildings. Several vehicles parked in the area were destroyed and the pupils of Bethlehem College who were trapped underneath the wreckage of their hostel and chapel were being pulled out of the rubble during which the principal of the college, Rev.Sr. Henrietta Alokha lost her life as she attempted to rescue them,” Mr Badru said.
He noted that the Lagos State government has set up a two billion naira relief fund with an initial deposit of N250 million donated by it.
Contributing to the debate, lawmakers including Mr. James Faleke argued that the explosion may not be unconnected to the indiscriminate siting of gas filling stations close to residential areas.
The House, while adopting the motion, mandated NEMA to give material assistance to the over five thousand people who suffered various degrees of injuries, those whose relatives died and those whose houses and properties were destroyed in the gas plant explosion.
To this end, a minute of silence was observed on the floor in honour of the deceased.