The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has announced the intention of the Federal Government to sanction filling stations located in areas where they pose danger to the public.
The minister, who disclosed this when he visited the scene of last December’s gas explosion at the head office of Chicason Group of Companies in Nnewi, Anambra State, where many lives were lost, expressed shock at the magnitude of damage caused by the gas plant accident.
According to him, “Many petrol stations across the country are located at residential and densely populated areas where they could pose danger to the public, saying such filling stations will soon be sanctioned by the government.
“Government has a duty to protect lives of the people and will take every necessary step to protect the people especially workers in industries, so that they will not be exposed to unnecessary danger.”
Ngige, who noted that precautionary measures would be taken to save lives of workers in the nation’s industries, said: “I am really shocked at the magnitude of damage caused by the gas explosion.”
He further told the management of Chicason Group that “I thank God that you did not lose any member of your staff in the inferno.”
He said the recent spate of major industrial accidents were reminders of the unsafe conditions being faced by many at work and neighbourhood communities, citing example of explosions involving pipelines, petrol tankers, steel mill, killing nine workers in Ogun State and chlorine leakage at water works in Plateau State.