The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat on Tuesday called for collaboration among relevant stakeholders on how to end the incessant vandalisation of pipelines in the state.
Speaking in Abule Egba, where another explosion occurred on Sunday, he stated that such collaboration has become imperative in view of lost lives and properties occasioned by the handiwork of vandals, whose activities can bring tears and sorrows to the people of Lagos State.
He further stated that the Lagos State Government, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, and relevant security agencies must put in place measures to deter these criminals from perpetuating their evils.
Hamzat, who described the fire incident as “very unfortunate development”, assured residents that the government would fish out the perpetrators of the evil act, and punish them according to the laws of the land.
The deputy governor, while expressing his displeasure on acts of vandalism, called on residents to be vigilant by reporting any suspected moves by the vandals to the appropriate authorities before they carry out their evil acts.
“Please, endeavor to call security people on any of free toll emergency numbers for appropriate responses to forestall any form of vandalisation of our infrastructure.
“We need the help of the community to provide information, the people doing these evil acts are not ghosts, they are human beings and can be caught.
“We must apprehend them. We will work with security operatives to catch them and make examples,” he said.
While commiserating with those affected by the fire incident, the Deputy Governor said the state government would meet with the families who were affected by the inferno and see what can be done to ameliorate their losses.
He added that government would support the community in whatever they are doing to ensure the safety of their lives and properties.
Briefing the Deputy Governor during the assessment, the Chairman, Agbado/Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, Dr. Augustine Arogundade stated that the explosion was a result of vandalisation of the petroleum pipeline of NNPC.
He called on NNPC to institute a task force to monitor and police the pipeline against vandalism.
Also, speaking at the site of the incident, the Director of Operations, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, Engr. Olatunde Akinsanya stated that the agency has commenced holistic enumeration to ascertain the impact of the fire outbreak in collaboration with the Agbado/Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area to know the number of people and families displaced as well as property lost.
He disclosed that the Director-General of LASEMA has put in place preparation to receive the displaced people at two of the relief camps at Igando and Agbowa.