Lagos Working To Relocate Tank Farms From Apapa, Places Embargo On Filling Stations    

The Lagos State Government said yesterday that it is currently engaging the Federal on how to relocate tank farms from some parts of Apapa, adding that a definite pronouncement would be made in that in regard in due course.The state’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Wasiu Anifowose disclosed this at the Ministerial Press briefing in Alausa as part of activities marking the second-year anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi  Ambode’s administration.Although, he did not elaborate on the planned relocation of tank farms from the port city of Apapa, he nevertheless said government had already resolved not to grant construction permit for filling stations pending the inventory of existing ones.Responding to issue of oil spillage in Alimosh area of Lagos, Anifowose said the decision of government was necessary in view of the need to take proper inventory of the existing filling stations with the view to determining those that should be removed, all in a bid to ensure public safety.He said, “What happened in Alimosho was because of pipeline vandalism. If people had not been greedy to vandalize pipeline, we will not be seeing what is happening. But rest assured that no permit for filling station in Lagos State till further notice. I have told the General Manager of the concerned agency; the management team of the agency has taken a decision and we will not grant any approval until we take inventory and see what we have.”