Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Anambra State Government has taken drastic measures to curtail fire outbreaks in the state to save the citizenry from losing properties and their lives to such disasters.
One of the measures is the government’s decision to seal off all petrol stations operating cooking gas plants in the state.
The chairman Enforcement and Compliance Unit of the state, Prince Innocent Offordile, stated this while speaking with journalists in Awka on the implications of locating gas plants inside filling stations at the weekend.
According to him, the practice which has become very rampant in almost all the filling stations across the state is totally illegal and poses high risk to residents.
Offordile regretted that despite the fact that the state government had given notice to such operators to remove them, more filling stations were embarking on the venture.
He announced that plans had been concluded to commence enforcement on the directive once the state government gives a final approval to that effect.
Prince Offordile further explained that the Anambra state government had to embark on the enforcement considering the fact that its citizens would be at the receiving end in the event of any fire outbreak.
He said, “The state government has given five years notice to those doing it but they turned deaf ears. Every year, the governor keeps mentioning the matter in the state exco meeting; notice has been given but nothing was done. So we have decided to enforce it this time round so that all this rubbish will stop in Anambra state.”
The Chairman, Enforcement and Compliance Unit in Anambra state, also warned those siting filling stations within residential areas to desist from such practice as government would also not spare them in the enforcement exercise.