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Abule Ado Explosion: Terminal operators seek relocation of Apapa tank farms

by Winifred Okafor

The Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria, STOAN, has asked the Federal Government to plan for the relocation of petroleum depots, otherwise called tank farms, from Apapa.

This is to avoid any disaster that may lead to loss of lives and investments.

Speaking against the backdrop of the March 15 explosion at Abule Ado, Lagos Mainland, which claimed 23 lives and displaced more than 500 people from their homes, STOAN, Chairperson, Princess Vicky Haastrup, said urgent steps towards the relocation was necessary to avoid a repeat of the catastrophe in the crowded residential areas.

“We are concerned about the preponderance of tank farms in Apapa, which is a port area and a high residential population density town,” she said.

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