Saturday, 16 January 2016

Nnewi Marketers Call on Obiano, House of Assembly to Ban Construction of Gas Stations at Home

Market associations in Nnewi call for ban on construction of filling stations near homes

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Irked by the various fire outbreak at Nnewi, market unions and different groups in the Industrial hub of Anambra State have risen against the sitting of gas plants and filling stations near residential buildings, and asked the Anambra State House of Assembly to rise to the occasion and outlaw the constructions of petrol stations on the streets.

One of such groups, Nnewi Butchers Association, which spoke through its Chairman, Chief Amobi Nnoluka, accused government of not being sensitive to the implication of giving approval to oil marketers whose filling stations dotted every corner of the streets in Nnewi and other parts of the State.

Nnoruka, who commiserated with the families of the December 24, 2015 factory fire and those who lost their properties in the recent filling station fire outbreak, decried that it was unfortunate that government gave approval to petroleum dealers to build their filling stations near residential houses without resource to the danger posed to lives and properties of the citizens.

He added that even though such approvals were unacceptable, the worst of it all was that no safety measures were adopted by the owners of such filling stations which gave the impression that the authorities that gave the approvals never thought about the safety of the people other than monetary considerations.

"We wonder why such highly inflammable business concern should be sited near people's homes and government still looked the other way to the detriment of innocent citizens. The Anambra State House of Assembly has to, as a matter of urgency, make a law banning the approval of such constructions. And those already in existence should be sealed for now until adequate safety measures are seen to have been adopted.
"We express our heartfelt condolence to the families of those who lost their loved ones in the December 24 gas explosion and our sympathy to the owner of the factory, Chief Dr Chika Okafor as well as the owner of Organizer filling station and those who lost their properties in the recent filing station fire," Chief Nnoluka said.



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