By Musa Baba Adamu
The Deputy President of Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, has commiserated with victims of the recent gas explosion in Delta State, even as he asked government at both federal and State levels to apply stiffer penalties to operators who default the laid down safety guidelines.
The explosion which occurred in Agbor, the headquarters of Ika South Local Government Area of the state, was said to have left some persons dead, while others suffered various degrees of burns and injuries.
Statement issued yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga, said in commiserating with the victims, the Deputy President of the Senate admonished downstream operators to always ensure strict adherence to safety rules and regulations in order to avoid these unfortunate incidents that lead to loss of lives and property.
While sharing in the pains of those who lost their loved ones in the incident, the Delta Central lawmaker decried the incessant cases of pipeline, tanker and gas explosions across the country.
He stressed the need for strict enforcement of safety measures and regulations to halt the ugly trend, even as he urged Nigerians to be vigilant and adhere strictly to safety measures to avert future fire disasters.
“I express my heartfelt condolences to the families of those that lost their loved ones in the gas explosion in Agbor, Delta State and pray that God grant their souls eternal rest. This is one explosion too many.
“I call on government at the federal and state levels to take stiffer measures against operators of gas plants and/or any combustible items in the state to avoid future recurrence of such disaster,” the statement stated.