By Praise Necherem
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state has reiterated his government readiness to demolish petrol stations 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.
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.
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”.