From Egena Sunday Ode
Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the Abule Ado explosion that claimed about 20 lives and destroyed many properties.
The governor who was at the Presidential Villa with his All Progressives Congress governors showed documentary evidence of the level of destruction to the president, especially pictures of the destruction.
He said that there has never been such level of destruction before in Lagos. According to Governor Sanwo-Olu the explosion and its attendant destruction was not something anyone could have imagined
He said” I had a very rear opportunity to brief Mr President about the very unfortunate gas/pipeline explosion in Lagos State yesterday.
“Mr President was very gracious to receive me and to ask me about where we are and what had happened. I was able to show him pictorially the extent and the level of destruction of what happened yesterday (Sunday). It is a very unfortunate incident, is not something that anyone could have imagined, you needed to be there to see the level of destruction.”
He described as speculative reports that the community was close to pipeline and that a gas plant was also situated in the affected community.
He said, “That is being speculative and that is what the committee set will find out. The experts are doing it and they will give us the full report in less than two weeks.
“There is a pipeline right of way and it was not the state government that gave that, it has been in existence since. So the issues around the fact that there were commercial gas cylinders around the vicinity are all still very speculative.
” The experts will be able to tell as what led to this incident and the lessons we all need to take away from it.”
The Lagos State Governor said that President Buhari was interested and looking forward to the outcome of the committee‘s work set up by Lagos State government.
He explained that one of the things that will be done will be to build more roads that will bypass the pipeline right of way.