Plateau State governor, Barrister Simon Lalong yesterday said that a committee would soon be constituted to investigate the chlorine gas leakage that led to an explosion at the Laminga Water Treatment Plant.
It would be recalled that an explosion which occurred Saturday morning killed eight persons and left 121 persons hospitalised.
Governor Lalong, who visited the site of the explosion at the Laminga Water Treatment Plant yesterday, said that the committee would be expected to unravel where and why the leakage occurred.
“The idea is to find out what actually and work towards averting a recurrence,” he said.
He commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives from inhaling the chlorine, and prayed for a speedy recovery for those hospitalised.
Also speaking during his visit, Hannatu Datong, the permanent secretary, Plateau Ministry of Water Resources who received the governor, said that the leakage was as a result of a rusted nozzle which fell off from one of the chlorine cylinders.
She said that the incident, which occurred around 12am on Saturday, affected two water board staff and residents of the area.
The permanent secretary, however, told the governor that the residents around the water board area were trespassers into the board’s land.
She debunked rumours that water pumped from the plant was not fit for consumption since the incident occurred.
Meanwhile, the acting chief medical director of the Plateau Specialist Hospital where most victims of the chlorine explosion were taken, Dr Filimon Golwa told newsmen that the death toll was still 8 while 113 persons had been discharged.
According to him, 121 persons were admitted after the incident on Saturday, further disclosing that Governor Lalong had settled the medical bills of the victims.


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