Members of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee recently paid a courtesy visit to Governor Sanwo -Olu of Lagos State.

The committee led by Sen. Ibrahim Gabir was on an investigative visit to the state concerning the Ijegun Pipeline Explosion which occurred on July 4th and was caused by Pipeline Vandals.

Sanwo -Olu while receiving the committee hailed the Senate president for constituting the ad-hoc Committee, following a motion by the Senator representing Lagos West, Solomon Olamilekan Adeola.

The Governor said the gesture showed that the entire members of the Senate felt the pain of loss with Lagosians.

He said:
“I convey my best wishes to the leadership of the Senate led by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, for responding quickly to this very urgent national assignment. I watched the debate on Ijegun fire on the floor of the Senate and I saw how several Senators felt the pain we are feeling in Lagos.

“I thank all the Senators for showing compassion and the human side of them to assuage the pain we are feeling following the loss of lives. I appreciate members of the ad-hoc committee for coming out swiftly to investigate the root cause of this unfortunate incident.

“We are concerned about the damage to lives and property that trailed the incident. We are working with security agencies to put all these criminalities to a stop. We are hopeful that we will identify the perpetrators; whatever level they are, they will be brought to justice. Bringing them to justice will serve as a deterrent to other criminals who are bent on perpetrating economic sabotage at the expense of innocent people’s lives.”

He added that recommendations of the committee members would bring about lasting solution to the problem.

“We are hopeful that the suggestion and recommendations that will be coming out of this committee would bring about a lasting solution to the problem. For us, we need to put the incident behind us. Security operatives must step up to ensure Lagos is safe.” He said

Gobir in his response said the committee was in the area to see how the activities of vandals could be checked and pipelines made secure, to end losses and avoid recurrence.

He said the committee had also visited Rivers on Thursday, where it was also investigating cases of pipeline vandalism.

The committee, immediately after the courtsey visit went to the scene of the pipeline explosion in Ijegun, where they witnessed the sad aftermath of the incident, thereafter met with the Monarch, Onijegun of Ijegun, Oba Nureini Olomitutu who thanked Senator Adeola for raising the motion in the senate, and ensuring a swift response.

Olomitutu also called on the government to provide more security around pipelines to end such a problem.

”We are tired of disasters. We don’t want to be known for this kind of thing anymore.

Sen. Olamilekan Adeola (Lagos West) who had visited the scene alone a day after the incident, led the committee members, including Sen. George Sekibo, Sen. Mohammed Musa and Sen. Hassan Lawali to the scene.

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