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NGOs raises alarm over location of fuel and gas stations stations along busy Airport road in Benin

Two concerned Non- Government Organizations under the aegis of Peoples Advocacy Organization of Nigeria, (PAON), and Talakwa Parliament respectively have raised the alarm over the danger posed by the location of a fuel and gas station along the ever busy airport road by golf course, traffic light in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

The groups in two separate Petitions seeking to correct the anomaly titled ,one which is titled “the wanton disregard of town regulation with impunity, location of a fuel and gas station in an inflammable/traffic zone and other town planning abuses that can lead to a gargantuan public disaster” said the citing of the station was in flagrant disregard and abuse of the guiding town planning laws.

The petition which was jointly endorsed by Marxist Kola Edokpayi, Speaker, Talakawa Parliament and the Convener of POAN, Emmanuel Agbogun were addressed to the Chief of Air Staff, Nigeria Airforce Headquarters, Abuja, Hon Commissioner, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Benin and His Royal, the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare 11.

The fuel and gas station said to be owned by one Andy Mondu noted that the citing is capable of igniting fire disaster if urgent steps are not take by the relevant authorities.

Portion of one of the Petition reads: We are a Non-Governmental Organization w ith a core mandate to engender due process in public and private affairs and to ensure the positive development of Our Society.

We came across a very worrisome development along Airport Road, by the Golf Course Traffic Light, Benin City where one ANDY MONDU and his collaborators without any approval whatsoever from the requisite approving Authorities, as at when they started Building , have sited a fuel and gas station , at variance with the following extant Regulations

That the land upon which the fuel and gas station is situate is measuring 70 feet by 80 feet, which is below the approvable measurement of the Regulations of the Edo State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and also against the extant Regulations of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), for a fuel/gas station

That the Benin Airport Transmission line is above the land upon which the Fuel and gas station is situate, which is inflammable, poses a great danger to public and private properties and lives of Citizens , is capable of igniting a huge fire disaster that could claim the lives of hundreds of people and is against the extant regulations on the siting of fuel and gas stations, anywhere in Nigeria

That the exit of the fuel and gas station is overlooking the traffic ,which situation is against the Town Planning Regulations and will lead to an incessant traffic logjam and could lead to unwarranted accidents, that can lead to the loss of lives ,on the busy Airport Road, Benin City

That the said fuel and gas station is situate less than 500 Metres from the next fuel/gas station- OTOPEC, which is against the extant Regulations of the Edo State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and other Regulatory Authorities

That the location of the said fuel and gas station does not meet the minimum requirements of the Edo State Fire and Safety Regulations and those of the Federal Service. That the said fuel and gas station is very close to a church, which is against the extant DPR Regulations on the issue

That the promoters of the said fuel/gas station; ANDY MONDU and collaborators do not have an approval from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to set up the station close to an Airport facility. That the said fuel and gas station does not have the extant approval from any agency of Government whatsoever.

That the promoter of the illegally sited fuel and gas station, ANDY MONDU and collaborators have boasted that they can get away with the on going building of the fuel and gas station, irrespective of the Regulatory infractions thereon, which are irredeemable and we are putting up this Petition to you Sir, due to your avowed penchant for process and your adverseness to impunity


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