Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Apapa explosion: Fashola wants jetties relocated

11 January 2013, 13:06

Lagos -  Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos on Thursday said the State Government would collaborate with the Federal Government to relocate jetties from residential areas in the state.

Fashola said when he visited the explosion site at Tin Can Island that having jetties close to residential buildings were fraught with grave danger.

He blamed the explosion on poor planning and absence of maritime safety standards, noting that it was by pure luck that the inferno did not cause greater damage.

The governor called on those managing the ports to do the right thing, urging them to step up their safety compliance levels to avert a recurrence.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) recalls that an explosion occurred at Tin Can Island Port on Wednesday when a barge carrying petrol was trying to discharge its cargo at the MRS jetty.

``All federal agencies having business at the port must step up their safety compliance levels. Everybody must do its job and that is in the short term.

``The long term is to relocate all this facilities from residential areas and Lagos is ready to provide these facilities .

``We have an Oil and Gas section in the Lekki Free Trade Zone and we can work together if the Federal Government tells its agencies, in the short term to begin a relocation plan with us,’’ he said.

Fashola said he had once sold the idea to the Federal Government under the administration of late President Musa Yar’ Adua, and that nothing had been done on it yet.

While saying the State Government would continue to strengthen the capacity of emergency agencies to respond to fire incidents, Fashola urged residents to take safety precautions against fire.

``The weekend before the end of 2012, we had 22 fire incidents and the number is increasing, but I am sure all these are avoidable.

``People can just be a little more careful in dry weather, the biggest risk that we face is fire, in raining season, the biggest risk is flood.

``If we manage through this seasons properly, we would have less incidents and we would also be able to respond.’’

NAN

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Julius O P Akubo
Rape, who to blame

With the frequent cases of rapes in the society of today mostly emanating from our higher institutions of learning, one would be forced to enquire into the cause of this quagmire. Read more...

2015: Betwixt Buhari and Jonathan

The days of electioneering shenanigans are here again. And there is so much tinkle and thrill in the air as the major dramatis personae engage in their histrionics to woe and sway voters. Read more...

Submitted by
George Chuks
Who cares to know?

Majority of them “The leaders” they don't really care about anything in as much as their salaries are always entering their bank accounts. Read more...

Submitted by
Alex Emeka Onyia
The Nigerian prison service

As we all know, the prison is a place of reformation. But it is a different story in this generation, looking into the story coming from some of the inmates in the kuje prison custody Abuja. Read more...

Submitted by
George Chuks
We are not too important to chang...

Many people feel they can change the world in a day. They don't see any good thing in what others do because they feel they are the best. Read more...

Submitted by
George Chuks
Does only one man act as a father...

Our world will continue to worsen in as much as we don't think well of others and consider them as part of our lives. God created man in His image and likeness.  Read more...