The Akwa Ibom House of Assembly has passed a resolution directing the Ministry of Environment and Petroleum, Akwa Ibom State Environment Protection and Waste Management Agency (AKSEPWMA) and other relevant agencies to ensure the enforcement of relevant laws relating to the establishment and location of liquified petroleum gas vending outlets and facilities in the state.
The motion titled Proliferation of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) Sales Outlets within Residential Areas in Akwa Ibom State: A Ticking Time Bomb Waiting to Explode, was presented on the floor of the House during plenary recently by the member for Etinan State Constituency, Mr Aniefiok Dennis, in pursuant to Order III Rule I of the standing order of the House.
Sequel to this motion, Dennis decried the proliferation of liquified petroleum gas sales outlets within residential areas in the state, saying the resultant loss of lives and properties incidents relating to gas explosion and pollution within and outside the state has led to wanton destruction of lives and properties in Ibeno, Eniong Street, Oron Road, Edet Akpan Avenue in Uyo and Sabon Tasha area of Kuduna State.
"The continuous proliferation of these gas vendors in residential areas and densely populated locations in the state without proper regulation, monitoring and adequate safety compliance may lead to gas explosion, Dennis stated.
Dennis, who is also the chairman, House Committee on Information and deputy leader of the House, said that the primary responsibility of government was to protect lives and property which was a core mandate of the Seventh Assembly in ensuring safety of lives and properties by providing a legislative framework to curb any tragic incident that may attempt to destroy the lives of the citizens.
The lawmakers unanimously supported the motion, noting that it was apt and timely.
The speaker, Mr Aniekan Bassey, in his ruling directed the clerk of the Assembly, Mrs Mandu Umoren, to communicate the resolutions of the House to the appropriate agencies for actions.
Speaking further, Bassey used the occasion to welcome members back to their legislative duties after the yuletide break, commending them for extending a hand of love to their respective constituents in the spirit of the season last year.
He charged the lawmakers to be committed as the 2020 legislative year begins, adding that the Seventh Assembly was poised to make laws that will be of immense benefit to the people.
At plenary, four bills passed first reading include reading a bill for a law to establish Akw Ibom Stat Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency for the Regulation and Control of the Safety Corps Activities, to assist security agencies in maintaining law and order in Akwa Ibom State and for connected purposes sponsored by the member for Uyo State Constituency, Mr Anietie Eka and 14 others, and a bill for a law to establish the Akwa Ibom State professional counselling to conduct qualifying examinations and regulate the counselling profession and for related matters sponsored by the member for Ukanafun State Constituency, Dr Charity Ido and 16 others.
Others include a bill for a law to protect the physically challenged persons against discrimination and other purposes connected therewith sponsored by the member for Okobo State Constituency and deputy speaker, Princess Felicia Bassey and II others, as well as a bill for a law to make provision for the establishment and administration of Customary Courts and for Related Matters sponsored by the member for Ukanafun State Constituency, Dr Charity Ido and 10 others.