Olusegun Ariyo

Operators managing tank farm in Lagos now have one weeks ultimatum to either proceed and commence with the process of obtaining their approval or get sanctioned, the Lagos state government has said.

In a statement Titled “Lagos State Government Gives Ultimatum To Tank Farm Operators On Planning Permit; and that which was signed by the Director of Media Affairs, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Mukaila Sanusi said the operators has one week to commence with the process of regularizing their facilities by filling their application for planning permit or be sanctioned.

Mukaila said the directive was handed down by the Commissioner of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako at a meeting with tank farm operators at Adeyemi Bero Hall on Tuesday 1st September 2020.

He said the commissioner observed that only eight (8) out of the forty-one (41) existing tank farm in the state had planning permit authorizing their establishments.

Dr Salako was quoted as saying most of the farm in the state had been operating illegally and in variance with section 27 of the Lagos state physical planning  permit Authority and the Lagos state-building control Agency regulations (2019) which stipulate anyone who built in Lagos without planning permit commits an offence liable to enforcement, imposition of panel fees or removal of structure.

Tank farm that fails to start the process of regularization of its facility after one week would face serious sanctions considering the importance of activities of the tank farm to the economy of the country.

It is pertinent that they embrace best practice and operate in a most friendly manner to host communities, Salako stated.

“Operation of tank farm had thrown up many challenges for the state, including pipeline vandalism, environmental degradation, fire outbreak, traffic congestion and destruction of public infrastructure among others”.

The statement Put further that the challenges are posed with serious concern as the state government had chosen to engage operators of tank farm to find a lasting solution and in easing the challenges, the physical planning commissioner maintained that it was paramount for the tank farm to provide complementary facilities and services such as holding bays, traffic personnel as well as the maintenance of buffer zones of 250m to 500m between the tank farm and the community.

The government had approved the preparation of an Action Area plan for Ijegun Egba to address the planning issues raised by the operation of tank farm such as road connectivity, security and transportation linkage.

The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral resources, Eng Olalere Odusote, on his part, said the outcome of the interactive meeting with operators opened a good understanding with a view to finding a lasting solution to challenges posed by its operations while Mr Ganiyu Adele, Adviser to Governor Sanwolu-Olu on Urban Development urged operators to partner with government in order to deliver well-coordinated and impactful corporate social responsibility to the host communities, the statement read.

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