Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCTA moves to mitigate proliferation of gas stations

As part of measures to avert looming disaster, the Federal Capital Territory Administration has assured of prompt action plan to mitigate the proliferation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG, stations in the territory. 

The administration made this assertion while receiving the report of a ministerial committee on examination of the operation of LPG stations in the FCT. 

Recall that the FCTA had set up a five-man committee in the aftermath of August 2018 gas explosion incident at Lafia, Nasarawa state, which affected 36 persons. 

Receiving the committee's report, FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, who decried the proliferation of LPG stations in Abuja, noted that the gas explosion in Lafia, was a wakeup call on FCT administration. 

Ohaa, while commending the committee for a job well done, reiterated that the FCT administration upholds the value of safety of lives and property of all residents of the territory. 

He added that the administration in no doubt viewed with great concern the proliferation of LPG stations in the territory, giving its inherent dangers to the society. 

"This committee was set up to visit and commensurate with the government and people of Nasarawa state on the unfortunate incident. 

"Also, to examine the operation of LPG stations in the FCT with a view to determining their compliance with safety standards and regulations as well as make appropriate recommendations for improvement on their operations. 

"The committee has done justice to its assignment, and far reaching recommendations have been made towards avoiding the reoccurrence of the Lafia incident in Abuja. 

"On behalf of the FCT Administration, I formally receive the report of the committee, I assure you that it shall be studied including the recommendations made while also ensuring their prompt implementation," Ohaa stressed. 

Earlier, while presenting the report, chairman of the committee, Alhaji Idriss Abbas, disclosed that a total of 179 LPG outlets were visited in 25 districts of the FCT. 

Abbas, who is the Director General, FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, said the committee discovered that Kuje, Lugbe and Sabin Lugbe had the highest number of LPG stations, representing 14.20 percent with a significant number of them, constituting about 69.8 percent do not have the requisite title documents. 

According to him, part of the recommendations of the committee include; "setting up of a joint audit committee made up of representatives from relevant departments and agencies to ensure that all LPG stations operating in the FCT without approval and certification should obtain such within a specified period. 

"LPG stations operating on road corridors, within residential areas and densely populated areas should be removed by the Department of Development Control." 

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