7 January 2013

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has condemned siting of fuel stations in residential areas while also lamenting avoidable wastage of lives and property on account of wanton disrespect for town planning laws.

The governor disclosed this yesterday (Friday) at Idi Iroko during his on-the-spot assessment of Thursday’s fire incident which led to the death of three people, serious injuries to several others and valuable properties destroyed.

Amosun warned residents against erecting illegal structures and ordered the Ministry of Physical Planning to ensure business owners comply with relevant laws in siting fuel stations.

The governor frowned at fuel tanks erected in front of private buildings and condemned reckless driving by some petrol tanker drivers.

“We should not endanger our lives in our quest to make money,” he said.

He disclosed that the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had been contacted and would collaborate with the local council to bring succour to victims of the unfortunate incident.

He directed that proper medical care be provided to those that sustained injuries.

Amosun condoled with Baale Ogunseye who lost three members of his family in the inferno.

Responding on behalf of the victims, Baale Ogunseye thanked the governor for his compassion and kindness.

An articulated vehicle conveying petrol to a filling station on Thursday night had lost control and skidded resulting in the inferno in a residential area in Idiroko, Ipokia Local Government.

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