Richard Ginika Izuora
Following the decry of residents at the Abule-Ado where there was a massive explosion on March 15, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, has decided to commence a four-day fumigation exercise at the community.
The Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, told the press that the exercise; which started on Thursday, would end on Sunday.
According to him, after the completion of the fumigation exercise; members of the public are advised to keep away from the affected area.
He said that 102 people were in relief camp out of a revised total of 588 people; displaced from their homes following the explosion.
“We identified a total of 340 buildings which the impact of the explosion affected; subjected to series of tests.
“A joint public-private team which the Materials Testing Agency will led would carry out the test; covering foundation and solid material testing.
“After the test, those that fail the tests will be leveled to ground zero.
“The testing exercise applies to the identified buildings; as well as all those within a 500 meter radius from the epicentre.
“We advise scavengers to keep away and residents who have prematurely commenced repair and reconstruction; should stop work and wait for the results of the testing,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
He, however, appealed to members the public for calmness; and urged the public to keep off the scene and to be law abiding.
Oke-Osanyintolu said that the agency has moved its help desk to the Igando relief camp and LASEMA personnel remains manning it.