The Lagos State Government has issued a warning to the general public to avoid careless handling and storage of flammable items that could pose a threat to safety, following the deadly explosion that rocked the city of Ibadan on Tuesday. The explosion, which was caused by explosives stored by illegal miners in a residential area, killed three people and injured 77 others, as well as destroying more than 20 buildings.
In a joint statement, the Honourable Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Mr. Olugbenga Oyerinde and the Director-General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola, reiterated the commitment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration to ensuring the safety of lives and property of its citizens.
“The public needs to be more aware of the dangers of transporting and storing flammable materials, fuels, chemicals and other hazardous goods. These could lead to massive loss of lives, property and legal consequences,” Oyerinde said.
Mojola, in his remarks, said that life is priceless and that the Commission has launched a ‘SAFETY FOR YOU’ campaign to make safety a top priority for every Lagosian. He said that the campaign aims to raise awareness and promote preventive safety measures in personal, professional and business settings.
He also explained that piles of chemicals and flammable items could cause explosions and fires under high temperature and pressure. He advised the public to be responsible and vigilant, saying “When you see something, please say something. An injury to one is an injury to all”.
He added that the Commission’s officers are working hard to ensure that every place is safe and secure. He urged artisans and traders to seek expert guidance on how to handle and transport flammable goods within the State.
He appealed to the public to report any suspicious stockpiles of dangerous goods to 07000SAFETY or the nearest security agencies.