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Anambra govt vows to demolish petrol stations near residential areas, markets

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By Praise Necherem
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has reiterat­ed his government readiness to sited near markets and residential areas.
He said the exercise was one of the measures the state had ad­opted to prevent frequent fire out­breaks in the state.
Obiano made the disclosure at Governor’s Lodge while receiving the report of a panel of inquiry instituted by him on the fire that gutted the Nkwo Ogbe market in Ihiala local government area of the state on April 29.

He directed traders selling inflam­mable goods inside markets in the state to relocate to a designated area.
The panel was tasked to ascer­tain the immediate and remote causes of the fire outbreak. The pan­el was also charged to recommend solutions to avert future recurrence.

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The governor called for the dem­olition of filling stations sited near markets and residential areas. He asked those vending kerosene and other inflammable goods near mar­kets to vacate.

He said, “We don’t want such disasters again. Poor handling of inflammable materials inside mar­kets is the cause of this outbreak.

“We will fortify our fire service brigade by procuring more firefight­ing equipment that will assist them in the discharge of their duties.”

He commended the panel and the Fire Service Agency for their timely response to fire issues.
In his remarks, the traditional rul­er of Ukwulu, Igwe Peter Uyanwa, who chaired the panel, commended the move to stop vending of kero­sene and other inflammable prod­ucts within market environment.

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He added, “there is the need for the Anambra State Fire Service to conduct annual fire risk assess­ment through fire safety inspection in every market and public build­ing in the state”.

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