LASEMA commences inquest into Ikotun pipeline leakage

LASEMA commences inquest into Ikotun pipeline leakage

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has stated that it has commenced investigation to ascertain the cause of the pipeline leaks in the Ikotun area of Lagos metropolis.

The LASEMA Director-General, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, made this known to journalists on Saturday, August 28, during an on-the-spot assessment of the leakage which occurred at Omoboriowo Street, Ikotun.

He said that the Ministry of Environment, the Physical Planning Department, and the Alimosho Local Government Council would all be involved in the investigation and analysis.

“We will look at it holistically and come out with a permanent solution. I assure you we are going to work on this judiciously.

“We are here to do vulnerability analysis and comprehensive risk assessment. Our mission is to safeguard lives and property,” he said.

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The LASEMA boss assured the people of Lagos State to always “remain cool and calm.”

“Whenever there are emergencies or life-threatening issues, you can call us on 112 or 767 and I assure you we will be right there promptly and effectively.

“We are going to do a lot of work. We are going to look at the buildings in the area.

“When this incident occurred, there was a voluminous injection of petroleum product that spread everywhere.

“We had to neutralise it with our chemicals so the investigation has commenced,” he said.

1st News reports that emergency responders on Friday averted a fire outbreak in the aftermath of the pipeline leaks.

Meanwhile, despite calls for secession, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that Nigeria will continue to exist as a nation.

Obasanjo made this assertion on Friday, August 27, during the Book Launch and 85th Birthday of the Prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Sunday Mbang, which was held at the Admiralty Centre, Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

While noting that some forces don’t want to see the country’s continued co-existence, Obasanjo said those people would continue to fail.

He added that the cost of staying together as a nation is cheaper than the cost of dividing Nigeria.

“Whatever happens, we will continue to work for the unity, peace, security and progress of this country,” he said. “Nigeria will continue to exist because the cost for us for Nigeria not to continue to exist is much more than the cost for us to make Nigeria to continue to exist.

“There are many people – high and low – who can be described as enemies of Nigeria, but they will not win over those who are friends of Nigeria,” Obasanjo said.

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