The Lagos State Commissioner Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako reached the decision at a meeting. This was with his top officials on Thursday. However, this was revealed by Mr Mukaila Sanusi, spokesman, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development. The decision is to seal-off gas and petrol stations in any residential area.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Urban Development, Mr Ganiyu Ayuba; Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Foluso Dipe; General Manager, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority, Mrs Funmi Oshifuye; and the General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Mrs Abiola Kosegbe.
“It had become expedient to discourage the propensity to establish Gas and Petrol Stations indiscriminately in densely populated residential neighbourhoods across the State.
He said, “All illegally built outlets. As well as those operating in densely populated residential areas, would be sealed off to avert further mishaps”.
In attendance were some other agencies like the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Lagos State Safety Commission. In addition, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Petroleum Resources were also there. Furthermore, these agencies were involved to safely decommission any sealed Gas/Petrol Filling Station.
However, offenders will be prosecuted according to the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2019. He also reiterated that only 17 gas filling stations had planning permits.