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Incessant Filling Station Fire Incidents in the Fct – Fema Press Statement

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration, (FCTA), has vowed to permanently shut down any filling station which flouts regulations on product discharge henceforth.

The Director General of the FCT Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA), Alhaji Abbas Idriss made the vow while reacting to the fire outbreak at the Conoil filling station Area 10 in the FCT on Saturday, Dec 10, 2022, the third station gutted by fire within two Weeks.

He announced that a task force would be constituted by the administration and would soon commence strict enforcement of the regulations on content discharge and the safety of life and properties of the residents of the FCT.

Idriss blamed the fires at the 3 filling stations on non-adherence to the regulations on content discharge, noting that flouting the rules could endanger the lives and properties of the residents of the FCT.

” The incessant fire outbreaks at filling stations in the FCT are becoming increasingly worrisome. The major cause of the fire is non-adherence to the given time of content discharge, which is preferably early morning or late evening periods. Some filling stations also lack adequate fire defense equipment that will serve as first aid before the responders turn up. Some do not have trained safety officers who are supposed to guide the operators at the filling stations “.

Within two weeks, 3 filling stations in the FCT were engulfed by fire as a result of the wrong timing of content discharge which could be termed as deliberate negligence that the Administration would no longer tolerate.

The filling stations affected were:

1. AA RANO by Mpape Junction along Kubwa expressway on 1st December, 2022

2. Danmarna Filling Station at FHA Lugbe on 7th December 2022, and

3. Conoil Filling Station at Area 10, Garki on 10th December 2022.

The FEMA Boss also attributed the fire outbreaks to the lingering fuel scarcity, which compels station managers to commence the discharge of content immediately after the tanker arrives at the station.

The FCT Administration will open up discussion with the relevant NNPC Dept, Security Agencies, and other relevant Stakeholders to see how we can strengthen the regulations and ensure full compliance with the laws and regulations with the view to saving lives and properties.

The Director General commended the prompt response of the Fire Fighters especially the team from the Nigerian Navy, The Nigerian Army as well as other Stakeholders in fighting the Conoil Fire.

He also commended the Security Agencies for doing a great job by providing the needed security in order to prevent hoodlums from taking over the scene.

No lives were lost to the fire which started around 4 pm on that day.

 Some vehicles parked within the premises of the station were however burnt along with the tanker discharging the fuel, as well as the Station. No estimate of loss is done yet.

FEMA is therefore calling on all petroleum industry stakeholders to always operate within the standard safety regulations in the discharge of all petroleum contents either in the morning or late in the evening and also to make adequate provision for functional fire defense equipment with adequately trained manpower to handle every situation.

In case of any emergency, the FEMA Response team would be reached 24/7 by calling the National Toll-Free Emergency Number 112 for a prompt response.

 *Nkechi Isa

Head, Public Affairs

For: The Director General

11th December 2022*

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