The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has commiserated with the Government and people of Lagos State, and particularly the residents of Baruwa area, on Thursday’s gas plant explosion.

The unfortunate incident happened in the Baruwa community in the early hours of the day.

The NNPC in a statement by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr Kennie Obateru on Thursday in Lagos commiserated with the Lagos State Government and residents of the Baruwa community.

Obateru said NNPC feels particularly sad at the loss of lives and property, caused by the incident barely a few weeks after a similar incident at Iju Ishaga, Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area of the state.

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The Iju Ishaga gas explosion which occurred on September 24 led to 44 persons sustaining various degrees of injuries while 26 vehicles and 36 houses were damaged.

He hinted that the NNPC swiftly mobilised its Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Team, to join other relevant agencies to bring the situation under control.

Reiterating the corporation’s consciousness to safety, Obateru said that the NNPC promptly mobilised its HSE team in spite of the NNPC’s pipelines not being anywhere close to the location of the incident.

He called on operators of gas plants and other petroleum products facilities in the country to ensure strict adherence to safety rules and regulations.

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He said this was necessary to avoid such incidents and the unnecessary loss of lives and property.

Just like the similar incidents that occurred in Iju Ishaga recently, the Baruwa gas explosion is reported to have claimed lives and left several persons with various degrees of injuries.

Many buildings were also destroyed in the incident which occurred when a Liquefied Petroleum Gas tanker was in the process of discharging at the Best Roof Gas Plant Station located within the densely populated area.

By Peace Obi.

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