Kano to prosecute owners of filling stations without fire fighting equipment

The Kano state Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje has directed filling station owners in the state to acquire fire fighting equipment or face prosecution.

This is contained in a statement by Ameen Yassar, Director General, Media and Public Relations, Government House, a copy of which was made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Kano.

Ganduje gave the order when he visited the victims of the recent tanker fire incident at the Murtala Mohammed Specialist hospital in Kano.

Ganduje, who expressed serious concern over the unfortunate incident, said that functional fire fighting equipment is now compulsory at all filling stations in the state.

Recall that no fewer than 68 persons sustained various degree of burns as a result of fire that broke out at Al-Ihsan Filling Petroleum Company, Sharada, while a tanker was offloading fuel on Saturday evening.

He directed the State Fire Service to prosecute owners of filling stations with no functional firefighting equipment.

He also directed the agency to seriously reprimanded those filling stations with faulty fire equipment, stressing that his administration would not allow fuel to be sold under hazardous circumstances.

“The State Fire Service must undertake routine inspection of filling stations to ensure that they comply with all standard safety measures so as not to endanger lives and property.”

He also ordered the agency to conduct regular seminars for employees of filing stations, to educate them on best practices in fuel management and fire prevention.

“What happened at this station is terrible but preventable. This could not have happened had the fuel attendant who mishandled the situation been educated on risk and safety at filling stations,” Governor Ganduje lamented.

On his part, the Director, Kano State Fire Service, Alhaji Hassan Ahmad Muhammad explained that his office received a distress call from the station on Saturday evening and responded appropriately.

“We quenched the fire within two hours but, sadly, a fuel attendant mistakenly opened a fuel compartment and instantly, there was an explosion which injured about 68 persons,” he said

Meanwhile, Ganduje has directed the Ministry of Health to ensure that all those injured are treated free and prayed Allah to grant them speedy recovery and prevent future recurrence.

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