The Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olawale Oluwo has assured the residents of Ibassa Ijegun Egba, in Ojoo Local Government Area that the government would build fire station and other facilities for their community. Oluwo stated this during the inspection of Stallionaire depots and other depots located at Ijegun Ibassa Egba with the officials of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Lagos.
According to the Commissioner, Ijegun Egba community has become known for petroleum activity because of the presence of more than 10 tank farms in the area. He said his Ministry would look at the safety, security and environmental hazard that this would cause the residents, “I am still coming back to this community, but this time I will be here with works Ministry, Environmental Ministry, the fire service men and other.”
Oluwo explained, “We will check on how the government will assist the resident in the provision of good road, building of fire service station and the safety of the residents because they are paying their taxes. I will bring in more Ministry to the community to see how they can help to develop this community.”
The Commissioner pointed out that the location of these depots have impacted negative on their living and the government cannot continue to watch them. The government will ensure that their safety is guaranteed and all their roads are reconstructed.
However, Wole Ayosoyoye, the Zonal Operations Controller, DPR, urged tank farm operators to maintain safety and security of their depots during and after operations. Ayosoyoye said the fire incident at Stallionaire depot on Jan. 24, was very unfortunate.
Oluwo made it known that it was quick intervention of the state fire service and other relevant agencies that saved the situation from escalating further. The Controller said that the department would begin cluster monitoring of depots in Lagos to ensure that they observe the safety measure according to the department while Ayosoyoye noted that the department had set up an inquest to know the cause of the incident, adding that the inquest would give the measure to take on the depot.