Lagos State House of Assembly
Lagos State House of Assembly has directed its legal department to look into the laws of the state controlling the use and importation of firecrackers.
This decision was reached at its resumed plenary sessionon thursday where the Assembly noted that the review was aimed at curbing the indiscriminate use and storage of the devices.
The decision followed a motion moved by Mr. Hakeem Masha (ACN- Lagos Island II), under Matters of Urgent Public Importance.
Masha told the Assembly about the fire disaster that engulfed Oroyiyin/Jankara area of Lagos Island on Boxing Day, which left one person dead and 40 others with various injuries.
He noted that fire outbreak as a result of indiscriminate use and storage of firecrakers, had occurred in the past, adding that Wednesday’s incident which also left 10 houses and 10 vehicles burnt was “tragic”.
The lawmaker urged the Assembly to look at the laws on the use of firecrackers, noting that people now use and store the objects indiscriminately.
“We use firecrackers indiscriminately in this part of the world and the way we store them is also not proper. I want to suggest that, henceforth, those that who would be involved in the importation of firecrackers should acquire licences to that effect, so that when a thing like this happens, we will know who to hold responsible,” he said.
Wahab Alawiye-King, (ACN-Lagos Island I) noted that firecrackers were used during the opening and closing ceremony of the just concluded National Sports Festival tagged “Eko 2012”.
Alawiye-King noted, however, that the way fireworks were being used by residents in the state was not right.
He urged the Assembly to put a law in place that would curb the indiscriminate use and storage of firecrackers.
The lawmaker added that nowadays, it was difficult to differentiate between the sound of firecrackers and bombs, adding that this posed a threat to security in the state.
Mr. Ipoola Omisoore (ACN-Ifako-Ijaiye II) also urged the Assembly to put a law in place, which would prohibit the building of shops and warehouses in residential areas.
Responding, Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, called on residents, particularly shop owners, to desist from storing these explosives at home.
“Those who deal in this kind of business should not stockpile them where people are residing. We also urge the legal department of this House to help us look at the law that has to do with firecrackers, so that we can look into the indiscriminate use,” he added.