Fire Outbreaks: FCTA To Sanction Filling Stations For Improper Discharge Of Product
By Chinedu Echianu in Abuja
Henceforth, filling stations in the Federal Capital Territory that violate the minimum safety standard on product discharge will not only be sanctioned but may also stand to lose their operating licence. They may also be compelled to pay compensations to any third party whose property is affected as a result of their negligence.
The Director General of FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Abbas Idriss disclosed this during a chat with newsmen in Abuja.
According to a statement by Nkechi Isa, Head, Public Affairs at FEMA, the DG disclosed that the Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello is worried about the increasing cases of filing station fires in the Territory and therefore directed that such filling stations must be sanctioned for violating the laws regulating their business.
Idriss said the FCTA is liaising with the Upstream and the Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission and other stakeholders to ensure strict adherence to the regulations on product discharge.
According to him, there is going to be a proper engagement of all the stakeholders as directed by the FCT Minister in order to prevent further incidences of fire.
The FEMA boss emphasized that no filling station should discharge petroleum products when the temperature is high to avoid fire outbreak.
The DG further stated that the FCTA was putting modalities in place to ensure that all filling stations in the Territory have public liability insurance and maintain minimum standard of fire defence equipment where the staff are adequately trained on safety standards.
Idriss described as unacceptable the recent attack on firemen in the course of fighting the fire at Enyo filling station, adding that expensive chemicals are used for fire fighting.
He therefore appealed to residents to always use the 112 emergency toll-free number in the event of an emergency.