In a bid to curtail fire outbreaks in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has vowed to sanction any filling stations within the territory that fail to observe necessary safety measures required by law.
FCDA’s permanent secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola gave the warning during the inauguration of a ministerial task force on the safe handling of petroleum products in the FCT.
Adesola said the improper handling of petroleum products as well as non -compliance with safety measures, as it concerns operational guidelines of managing filling stations, have been largely responsible for several fire outbreaks in most of the filling stations.
The permanent secretary who recalled that in 2022 alone, not less than four filling stations were gutted by fire within the territory, expressed optimism that the task force would work assiduously to reduce future fire outbreaks by ensuring that filling operators adhere strictly to safety measures.
He advised residents of FCT to consider the inauguration of the committee as a proactive measure by the government, which is aimed at securing their lives and properties.
Adesola stressed the need for the committee to sensitise and engage owners and operators of filling stations on the need to acquire and install firefighting equipment, as well as train and retrain their personnel on the handling of firefighting gadgets.