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Explosions: Ogun threatens sanction against violators ban on industrial gas

The Ogun State Government on Sunday extended the ban on sales of all cooling system servicing and repair of air-conditioning and refrigerating units across the…

The Ogun State Government on Sunday extended the ban on sales of all cooling system servicing and repair of air-conditioning and refrigerating units across the state until further notice.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Ola Oresanya, disclosed this on Sunday in Abeokuta.

The government had last week Friday announced the ban on sale and repair of industrial gas after five explosions hit some parts in Abeokuta.

Oresanya, however, said the government had extended the ban to cooling gas to allow for a proper investigation into recent gas explosions in the state.

He added that the explosion arose from sources suspected to have engaged in the adulteration of these combustible products that had led to the loss of lives.

Oresanya said: “Technicians who specialise in the repairs and servicing of this cooling systems and dealers on the affected gas types are directed to adhere strictly to this ban in their own interest and that of the public.

“With the recent incidence of gas explosions in Ogun State, the state government in its bid to ensure that no further lives are lost through similar circumstances, or any other avoidable circumstance whatsoever is placing a ban on all cooling systems related gas sales, purchase and use, until further notice. Compliance is not optional.”

Oresanya called on all dealers, retailers and technicians in the combustible products to comply immediately with the ban as the state government will clamp down on any outlet or individual that flouts the order.