Olusegun Ariyo

The Lagos state government said it will no longer tolerate gas and a filling station built within residents in the state saying illegal once built will be sealed.

This disclosure was in reaction to the menace of the incessant explosion of gas filling stations in the state where recently, it killed some inhabitants along Baruwa, a located at ipaja, claiming many Residential Developments and rendering many homeless.

In a statement made available to Urban Express News-online through the Assistant Director, Mr Mukaila Sanusi in the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development said it has henceforth declared zero tolerance to the sitting of Gas and filling station in densely populated residential areas across the state, while it vows to clamp down on all outlets operating illegally.

This accordingly was conveyed by the commissioner for physical planning and urban development, Dr Idris Salako during a meeting with District officers and supervising Directors at the Lagos state physical planning permit Authority (LASPPA)

The statement put further; that it has become expedient to discourage the propensity to establish Gas and Petrol stations indiscriminately in densely populated residential neighbourhoods across the state and properties, maintaining the sanctity of the built environment.

“While noting that only seventeen Gas filling station had planning permit, it is, however, pertinent to note that all illegally built outlet, as well as those operating in densely populated residential areas, would be sealed off to avert further mishap”.

On safety decommission of any sealed gas petrol filling station, Salako was quoted as saying the ministry will work with other agencies including the ministry of energy and mineral resources, the Lagos state safety commission, Lagos state environmental protection Agency and the Department of Petroleum Resources.

“We urge District officers and supervisory Directors to be alive to their responsibilities and uphold the standard operating procedures of the ministry, while all are warned; erring officers would be punished in line with the public service rules”.

Mukaila said the commissioner averred that in continuation of efforts to sanitize the built environment, breakers of government enforcement seals as well as owners of collapsed buildings would be prosecuted in line with Lagos state urban and regional planning and Development law 2019.

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