Ganduje vows to prosecute careless filling stations in Kano
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has vowed to prosecute any petrol filling station that failed to equip its facility with relevant fire-fighting facilities.
Ganduje, who instructed the state’s fire service to ensure immediate execution of the directive, insisted that no life would be allowed to suffer out of negligence of petroleum operatives in the state.
The governor spoke when he visited the victims of Saturday’s petroleum tanker explosion at Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital, Kano.
Although there was no record of life lost, the Nigerian Red Cross disclosed that 72 persons suffered burns during the fire eruption from Alhasan Petroleum at Sharada area of Kano metropolis.
He had also directed the fire service to seriously reprimand those filling stations with faulty fire equipment, stressing that his administration would not allow fuel to be sold under hazardous circumstances in the state.
He, however, ordered the agency to regularly educate employees of filing stations on best practices in fuel management and fire prevention.
“The state fire service must undertake routine inspection of filling stations to ensure compliance with all safety standards, so that life and property are not endangered.
“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,” he said.
The Director, Kano State Fire Service, Alhaji Hassan Muhammad, had earlier told the governor that the service responded almost instantly to the distress call and subsequently put out the inferno few hours later.
He stressed that 68 persons suffered injuries out of which eight were among men of the service, including his deputy, who led fire-fighters to the venue of the incident.
Ganduje had directed the Ministry of Health to ensure that all the victims were treated free of charge.
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