There has been another gas explosion in Lagos. This time, it happened at Baruwa area of Ipaja at the early hours of this morning. It must be said that this is the second gas explosion that has happened in Lagos in less than three weeks. This Gas explosion is said to have happened at Iyana Ipaja, Ayobo road, as delayed response from the Lagos State Fire Service have led to the loss of many lives as well as properties.
But it has to be noted that that the response of the fire service did not happen until about one hour ago even though the explosion occurred at 5:45am this morning. This has to be a cause for concern as Lagos state is said to be a mega city and with all the facilities available in the centre of excellence, it shouldn’t be heard that the fire service will not be effective in this kind of situation.
There have been attacks on the body since the explosion, as several Lagos residents have attacked the body for not promptly coming to the needs of the inhabitants of the state, when they needed them the most.
Some residents complained that when the 112 emergency number was dialled, the number could not connect through, but isn’t it surprising that an emergency number couldn’t get through? There is a lot to ponder about with all these happenings.
There also other important questions to be asked as to why gas stations are approved in residential areas before they start operating. Nigerians will like to know if there is any regulation in place for the establishment of gas stations in Nigeria, Lagos specifically? Because we don’t have to wait for another gas explosion before we begin to take precautionary steps. Sadly still, there is another gas station coming up on that same Baruwa road.
A Gas explosion occuring at a time when people can run for escape is very terrible, to say the least, not to talk of one in a residential area at the wee hours of the morning while people are still in bed. We pray for God’s comfort to everyone affected by Baruwa’s explosion at Iyana Ipaja, and hope that there would be an end to all these.
It is high time government take a drastic step and stop permitting Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) refuelling stations close to residential areas. This is too common in Lagos.