The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has charged the Federal and Ogun State Governments to investigate, arrest and prosecute those behind the supply of adulterated gas and fake cylinders in Abeokuta.
DAILY POST reports that over seven lives have been lost to five gas explosions in Abeokuta lately. A student of Tai Solarin University of Education was said to have died in one of the explosions.
Several other persons sustained injuries in the explosions, two of which rocked former Governor Gbenga Daniel’s Conference Hotel and Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, both in Okemosan, Abeokuta.
On Friday, the Ogun State Government said it had temporarily banned the sale of industrial gas in Abeokuta, while sealing off two gas plants in the state capital.
But, the NANS Chairman in Ogun State, Damilola Simeon, said investigations about the explosions should not be swept under the carpet.
In a chat with DAILY POST correspondent on Saturday, the NANS leader said “the major suppliers of the adulterated gases or the fake cylinders should be traced, arrested and prosecuted to serve as deterrent for others who do not value lives in their selfish efforts to make money.”
Simeon also berated the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for allegedly not being alive to its responsibilities.
“The recurrent loss of lives due to sporadic gas explosions is becoming worrisome and disturbing, to say the least.
“Therefore, it deserves an instant and decisive reaction as this alarming trend, if not curtailed poses grievous threat to our communal wellbeing.
“According to reports, the incessant combustion is traceable to fake gas canisters being manufactured for sale.
“This clearly expose the failure of The Standard Organization of Nigeria to optimally perform their duty as a watchdog against the influx of substandard products into the market, thereby failing Nigerians as a whole.
“Although, we appreciate the various moves of the state government to arrest the situation, we however urge the state government to further investigate the issue to a conclusive end. This must not, by any means, be swept under the carpet.
“In particular, the Ministry of environment, the Ministry of power, The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), The Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria should be proactive in curbing this threat.
“The lives and properties of every citizen remains sacred and the security and safety of all citizens should remain paramount to the government.
“The National Association of Nigerian Students, Ogun axis, will continue to play our enviable role in nation building and remain committed to continual non-negotiable preservation of the rights of the over 2.1 million students in the Gateway State under our care,” he said.