Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State (1st right) and Other Officials During the Visit to Al-Ihsan Filling Petroleum Company, Sharada

Consumer Safety: Kano to prosecute petrol stations without firefighting equipment

*The Kano State Government of Nigeria has directed the State Fire Service to prosecute owners of filling stations with no functional firefighting equipment to curb fire incidents in the state

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In order to reduce the risk of fire incidents and attendant damaging consequences to human lives and assets, the Kano State Government has directed the State Fire Service to prosecute owners of filling stations with no functional firefighting equipment in the state.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State gave this directive during a visit to Al-Ihsan Filling Petroleum Company, Sharada, in the state capital, which erupted in flames Saturday, May 22 while a tanker was discharging fuel at the station.

Ganduje stated that his administration would not allow petroleum products to be sold under hazardous circumstances in the state forthwith.

He also mandated the fire agency to seriously reprimand those filling stations with faulty fire equipment.

The governor said: “The State Fire Service must undertake routine inspection of filling stations to ensure that they comply with all safety standards, so that lives and property are not endangered”.

He as well ordered the agency to conduct regular seminars for employees of petrol stations so as to educate them on best practices in fuel management and fire prevention.

Ganduje noted: “What happened at this station is terrible but preventable. This could not have happened had the fuel attendant who mishandled the situation been educated on risk and safety at filling stations.”

In his comment during the governor’s visit to the filling station, Alhaji Hassan Ahmad Muhammad, Director of Kano State Fire Service, explained that his office received a distress call from the station Saturday evening and responded appropriately.

Muhammad said: “We quenched the fire within two hours but, sadly, a fuel attendant mistakenly opened a fuel compartment and instantly, there was an explosion with injured about 68 people.”

According to him, of the 68 victims of the fire outbreak, eight were his men, including his deputy, who led fire fighters to the venue of the incident.

The victims, with various degrees of injury, including fractures, have all been hospitalised, noted he.

Governor Ganduje thereafter led members of the Kano State Executive Council and religious scholars to Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital, where the victims were admitted.

He stated: “I have directed the Ministry of Health to ensure that all of you are treated free. This is very pathetic.

“I pray Allah to grant you all speedy recovery and prevent recurrence of such in Kano.”

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