The Lagos state government has said it will seal off all illegal gas and gasoline filling stations in densely populated residential areas throughout the state, to demonstrate its zero tolerance for such acts.
A statement by Mr. Mukaila Sanusi, spokesman for the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development on Thursday said that the commissioner of the ministry, Dr. Idris Salako, made the decision in a meeting with his senior officials.
The statement said the measure was taken to tame the threat of the incessant explosion of gas stations in the state.
Salako, during the meeting with District Officers and Supervisory Directors in Ikeja, said that “it had become desirable to discourage the propensity to establish gas stations and gas stations indiscriminately in densely populated residential neighborhoods throughout the state.
The decision will safeguard lives and property, while maintaining the sanctity of the built environment, ”he said.
He said only 17 gas filling stations had planning permits, adding that “all illegally constructed outlets, as well as those operating in densely populated residential areas, would be sealed off to prevent further mishaps.”
Salako said the ministry will collaborate with other agencies, including the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Lagos State Security Commission, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Petroleum Resources to safely dismantle any station. gas / gasoline sealed service.
He urged district officials and supervisory directors to be attentive to their responsibilities and adhere to the Ministry’s standard operating procedures, while warning that officials who make mistakes will be punished.
The commissioner said violators of government enforcement seals, as well as owners of collapsed buildings, would be prosecuted in accordance with the Lagos State Urban and Regional Development and Planning Act of 2019.
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The meeting was attended by the Special Advisor to the Governor on Urban Development, Mr. Ganiyu Ayuba, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Mr. Foluso Dipe, General Manager, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, Ms. Funmi Oshifuye and the General Manager , Lagos State Building Control Agency, Ms. Abiola Kosegbe.