Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lagos places embargo on filling stations

The filling station Photo: Samuel Awoyinfa
The Lagos State Government has placed an embargo on approval for construction of filling stations in all parts of the State till further notice, while a definite action will soon be taken on indiscriminate construction of event centres, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowose has said.

Anifowose , who said this on Tuesday at the ongoing Ministerial Press briefing in Alausa as part of activities marking the second- year anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode ’s administration, said government had already resolved not to grant construction permit for filling stations pending the inventory of existing ones .

Responding to issue of oil spillage in Alimosho , Anifowose said the decision of government was necessary in view of the need to take proper inventory of the existing filling stations with the view to determining those that should be removed , all in a bid to ensure public safety .

He said, “What happened in Alimosho was because of pipeline vandalism . If people had not been greedy to vandalize pipeline , we will not be seeing what is happening. But rest assured that no permit for filling station in Lagos State till further notice . I have told the General Manager of the concerned agency ; the management team of the agency has taken a decision and we will not grant any approval until we take inventory and see what we have. ”

He said the State Government was also working with the Federal Government to relocate Tank Farms in residential areas in Apapa, adding that a definite pronouncement would be made in that in regard in due course .

The Commissioner also warned owners of structures under high tension cables to relocate in their best interest as government would spare no effort in removing such illegal structures, adding that Event Centres illegally located would also be demolished.

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