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How LASG Plans to End Petroleum Tanker Explosions

INSIDEMAINLAND – The Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Olalere Odusote, has disclosed that the government is currently implementing strategies that will address the threat of petroleum tanker explosions and accidents on Lagos roads.

Odusote said this in a stakeholders’ forum held with participants from the Oil and Gas transportation sector in Lagos themed: “Sanitising Lagos State Roads of Petroleum Tanker Explosions and Accidents”.

He stated that the LASG has set up a working committee to develop a legal framework and they will be working in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice and will take ideas from existing Physical Planning, Environmental and Safety Laws in Lagos State to address the issue.

He said the working committee, which comprises of representatives of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Nigeria Liquified Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA), Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NLPGAM) and other relevant stakeholders in the LPG sector, was formed to develop an integrated checklist for safety audit on LPG installations to ensure safe and ethical practices in that sector.

Lamenting on the increase of tanker explosions in recent times, Odusote emphasised that recommendations of the forum will be considered to end tanker accidents on Lagos roads.

“The committee will also develop operational audit checks for LPG plants/facilities and ensure there is a certification process for storage tanks and trucks in the State. The regulations and standards have been put in place to guide the operations and haulage of petroleum products in Lagos”, Odusote said.

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