Illegal gas/petrol stations in residential areas to be sealed by Lagos state Govt.
The Lagos State Government has said it would seal off all illegal gas and petrol filling stations in densely populated residential areas across the state, to demonstrate its zero tolerance for such acts.
A statement by Mr Mukaila Sanusi, spokesman, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development on Thursday said that the Commissioner in the ministry, Dr Idris Salako reached the decision at a meeting with his top officials.
The statement said the measure was adopted to tame the menace of incessant explosion of gas filling stations in the state.
Salako during the meeting with District Officers and Supervisory Directors in Ikeja, said that “it had become expedient to discourage the propensity to establish Gas and Petrol Stations indiscriminately in densely populated residential neighbourhoods across the State.
The decision will safeguard lives and properties, while maintaining the sanctity of the built environment,” he said.
He said that only 17 gas filing stations had planning permits, adding that, “all illegally built outlets, as well as those operating in densely populated residential areas, would be sealed off to avert further mishaps”.
Salako said the ministry would collaborate with other agencies including Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Lagos State Safety Commission, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Petroleum Resources to safely decommission any sealed Gas/Petrol Filling Station.
He urged District Officers and Supervisory Directors to be alive to their responsibilities and uphold the Standard Operating Procedures of the Ministry, while warning that erring officers would be punished.
The Commissioner said breakers of government enforcement seals as well as owners of collapsed buildings, would be prosecuted in line with the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2019.
Other top officials at
the meeting included the Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mr Ganiyu Ayuba, Permanent Secretary of the ministry Mr Foluso Dipe, General Manager, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, Mrs Funmi Oshifuye and the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Mrs Abiola Kosegbe.
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In a statement in Benin yesterday, Obaseki said the state government has reduced the number of work days that civil and public servants will have to commute to their workplaces from five days a week to three days a week, among other measures.
He said: “In the wake of fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government, fuel prices have increased astronomically leading to a rise in prices of goods and services and overall cost of living.
“The Edo State Government shares the pains of our people and wants to assure everyone that we are standing with them in these very challenging times.
“We want to reassure our people that we will do all within our powers as a sub-national government to reduce the pains and ameliorate the sufferings our people are currently facing due to the current realities.”
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