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Lagos halts approval for new filling stations

The Lagos State Government yesterday, April 25, 2017 announced an indefinite ban on the approval of the construction of filling stations in the state.

This announcement was made by the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development Wasiu Anifowose at the ministerial press briefing in Alausa as part of activities marking the second-year anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration.

It was gathered that the decision on the suspension of approval for filling stations was part of a move to ensure safety of residents and give room for proper physical planning in the state

Speaking during the briefing, Anifowoshe said that there would be no further development of filling stations in the state for now.

“What happened in Alimosho was because of pipeline vandalism. If people have not been greedy to vandalize pipeline, we will not be seeing what is happening. But be 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,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner also warned owners of structures under high tension cables to relocate in their best interest.

Anifowoshe stressed that the government would spare no effort in removing such illegal structures, adding that event centers illegally located would also be demolished

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