Tank_FarmsWorried by the increasing cases of fire explosions and attendant risk to lives and property, the Apapa Local Government Area of Lagos has summoned all operators of tank farms within the area with a view to finding ways of averting future occurrences.

The Lagos State Government had two weeks ago sealed up a local storage facility within residential area in Olodi Apapa, which exploded mid night in which two buildings were razed thus rendering many homeless, though no life was said to have been lost.

Council Manager of the Apapa Local Government Area, Oladele Williams, who spoke in an interview, disclosed that the management of the Local Council was no longer comfortable with the incessant cases of fi re explosions in the area due to the operations of these tank farms.

According to him, the government is equally no longer happy with the traffi c situation in that part of Lagos, which has brought about untold hardship to the inhabitants of the area and other people who have one thing or the other to do in Apapa.

He disclosed that the government recently was left with no alternative than to summon the owners of the tank farms to a stakeholders’ meeting, where the issues on ground were laid on the table and discussed extensively.

“We had to summon the owners of these tank farms to a series of stakeholders’ meeting, a jaw-jaw kind of thing with a view to drawing a road map on the possible ways out of the problems and their responses so far have been encouraging and we hope to address the issues in the interest of everybody at the end of these sessions”, Williams had said.

It was also gathered that the series of meetings have been ongoing, as all the burning issues are expected to be tabled and thrashed.

The council manager however hinted that at the current level of the discussions, all the issues are expected to have been fully discussed by the end of the year to pave way for the implementation of the agreements to be reached in the new year, with a view to address all the issues.

On the question of whether the council would support repeated calls for the relocation of these facilities, he said: “The Council is not looking at that for now; we believe that their operations can be monitored and controlled and as long as we can do that effectively, their relocation will not be necessary for now”.

The council boss however called on truck drivers around the area to consider other road users to check the perennial road traffi c that has over the years crippled business activities in the area including port operations.

The Olodi-Apapa explosion, which occurred around midnight at 12 and 14 of Edmor street, by Wilmer Crescent in this ever- thickly populated area was said to have re-awakened the consciousness of the Lagos State Government as to the danger posed by these tank farms, especially those located within residential areas.

Meanwhile, a petroleum product receiving storage facility belonging to MRS Oil Services Limited, one of the petroleum product marketing companies in the country located at its Jetty in Apapa area of Lagos last year went up in fl ames, injuring no fewer than four and in which property worth millions of naira were destroyed.

Group executive director of MRS, Hajia Amina Maina, who lamented the loss, had said the disaster would disrupt the business of the company, given the magnitude of its impact on the facility and the losses incurred.

According to her, in addition to the destruction of its 25,000 tonne-capacity barges and parts of the company’s premises, several imported products awaiting collection by their importers were also destroyed by the inferno, which also spilled over to Five Star Logistics’ car park, a neighbouring vehicle terminal, which is located 500 metres away.

She however assured that the company would resume normal operation as soon as possible, as it has already commenced a clean-up operation on all aspect of the company’s premises affected by the inferno.

 

Information from National Mirror was used in this report.

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