Nigeria: Lagos Govt Vows to Seal Illegal Gas, Petrol Stations in Residential Areas

15 October 2020

The Lagos State Government has said it would seal all illegal gas and petrol filling stations in densely populated residential areas across the state, to demonstrate its zero tolerance for such acts.

A statement by Mukaila Sanusi, spokesperson, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, on Thursday, said that the commissioner in the ministry, Idris Salako, reached the decision at a meeting with his top officials.

The statement said the measure was adopted to tame the menace of incessant explosion of gas filling stations in the state.

Mr Salako, during the meeting with District Officers and Supervisory Directors in Ikeja, said that "it had become expedient to discourage the propensity to establish Gas and Petrol Stations indiscriminately in densely populated residential neighborhoods across the State.

"The decision will safeguard lives and properties, while maintaining the sanctity of the built environment," he said.

He said that only 17 gas filing stations had planning permits, adding that, "all illegally built outlets as well as those operating in densely populated residential areas would be sealed off to avert further mishaps."

Mr Salako said the ministry would collaborate with other agencies including Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Lagos State Safety Commission, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Petroleum Resources to safely de-comission any sealed Gas/Petrol Filling Station.

He urged District Officers and Supervisory Directors to be alive to their responsibilities and uphold the Standard Operating Procedures of the Ministry, while warning that erring officers would be punished.

The commissioner said breakers of government enforcement seals as well as owners of collapsed buildings, would be prosecuted in line with the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2019.

Other top officials at the meeting included the Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Ganiyu Ayuba, Permanent Secretary of the ministry Foluso Dipe, General Manager, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, Funmi Oshifuye and the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Abiola Kosegbe.

Lagos State has witnessed a series of gas explosions in recent times leading to loss of lives and properties with many sustaining a varying degree of injuries.

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