The Nigerian government has issued a fresh requirement for a firm to get a gas license amid the recent explosion in Ogun State.

The Minister of State for Petroleum (Gas), Ekperikpe Ekpo, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Ekpo had visited Abeokuta for an on-the-spot assessment of last Saturday’s CNG explosion at Ita Oshin, with at least one person reported dead and several injured.

He noted that in the future, firms seeking gas licenses should be able to pipe their products to end users without virtual transportation.

The Minister said victims of the explosion will be compensated.

“As the federal government, we are trying all we can to ensure we reduce the virtual transportation of gas because of its volatility, especially with the Ajaokuta–Kaduna–Kano pipeline.

“I have directed the authority chief executive that for any further issuance of a licence, the company should be competent enough to pipe it to their end users so that we are no longer exposed to this kind of danger.

”As a ministry, we are looking at how we can reduce a lot of virtual conveyance of gas. That is why we are putting much effort into developing the gas pipeline infrastructure so that the transportation would not be virtual but through the pipelines.

“This will reduce this kind of incident and remove the pressure on our roads,” he stated

May 2, 2024

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