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Fuel Scarcity: Lagos Govt Warn Residents Against Storage

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As fuel scarcity continues to hit hard across the nation, the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service on Tuesday warned residents against storing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol in inappropriate locations, News About Nigeria reports.

The Service gave the warning in a statement issued by its deputy director of public affairs, Ololade Agboola.

In the statement, the Director of the Lagos State Fire Service, Adeseye Margaret, tasked residents against storing fuel in unauthorised locations like vehicle boots, under staircases at home, or within workplace premises.

According to her, this is because it poses grave danger on them as fuel is highly inflammable.

She, therefore, tasked landlords and tenants to not allow anyone staying around them store fuel in their houses or in any other unauthorised location.

Margaret said, “Such practices significantly increase the risk of fire outbreaks, endangering lives, environments, and properties. The safety of citizens and their surroundings is of paramount importance to the Lagos State Government. The recent surge in emergency calls due to preventable incidents is deeply concerning.

“Landlords and tenants alike are urged to remain vigilant and prevent the improper storage of fuel on their premises. Filling stations are reminded to discourage customer clustering around dispensing pumps, as such behaviors can escalate into scuffles that may trigger fires. Furthermore, the dispensing of fuel in polythene bags is strictly prohibited.”

She further noted that in order to enforce this and to stop residents from storing fuel, “the agency is intensifying its safety enlightenment campaign, targeting commercial facilities, public spaces, and grassroots communities.”

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