Rep raises alarm over killer kerosine
By Titus Agbo
A member of the House of Representatives Hon. Dennis Agbo has raised an alarm over the increasing cases of Kerosene explosion in various parts of the Country.
Honourable Agbo who represents Udenu/Igboeze North in the Federal House of Representatives in a motion titled, “Urgent Need to Arrest the Resurgence of Kerosene Explosions with Attendant Fatalities” noted that the occurrences have resulted in the loss of several lives and properties.
He also noted that the prevailing high cost of the product which presently sells at N260 per litre about 79.3 percent over and above the pump price of fuel made it susceptible to adulteration.
The Parliamentarian further observed that because Kerosene (DPK) shares similar properties and composition with the aviation fuel, the consequences might become more catastrophic for the nation if not urgently addressed.
The Lawmaker who painted a graphic gore deaths of one of his constituents, late Hillary Ugwoke, his pregnant wife and two children in a recent Kerosene explosion in Enugu, disclosed that on his visit to the victims who later died in the hospital in the company of the South East Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), another case of same explosion was referred to the hospital from the neighbouring State, Anambra.
He pointed out that Kerosene was the only petroleum product that most average and rural Nigerians use for cooking and lighting noting that “Incidentally, domestic Kerosene is sold and dispensed by faceless vendors from surface tanks in unregulated locations. It is widely known that each time Kerosene becomes very expensive, adulteration with cheaper and highly inflammable fuel with flash points follows with the attendant fatalities”
“Why should these vulnerable low income Nigerians, enduring the hardship of the times be subjected to high cost of this domestic consumable above the approved official price?, Why should these Nigerians whose welfare we have sworn to protect be subjected to danger of explosions and death? He queried, adding, “We are house of the people and I believe we are here for them. We must do all we can to save the lives and address the welfare of these vulnerable Nigerians”.
Hon. Agbo further urged the House to interrogate the high cost of Kerosene and ensure that it was brought down to N150 per litre, the official pump price and to also regulate the distribution channel of the product so as to bring the Vendors within the line of sight of the authorised regulators.