Lagos govt, DPR clash over siting of tank farms in residential areas

The Lagos State government says it will continue to seal up tank farms and petrol stations contravening its physical planning permit laws, which are being reopened by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Idris Salako, said this at a news briefing on Tuesday in reaction to the reopening of some tank farms it had sealed up by officials of the DPR.

The commissioner accused the DPR of usurping the powers of the state government to regulate development and town planning in the state.

Mr Salako said dozens of contravening petrol depots, filling and gas stations the state government sealed up were wrongly unsealed by the DPR in various parts of the state.

He said that several of the facilities were wrongly sited without building planning permits, with some of them using fake approvals to carry out various illegal activities that compromised safety.

According to him, the activities of petrol tankers have destroyed livelihoods in Ijegun Egba, Satellite Town, and other communities, in addition to truck accidents claiming innocent lives daily, due to recklessness of the petroleum marketers.

Mr Salako…

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