Fire disaster: Obi calls for more preventive measures


Obi (file photo)

The Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 elections, Mr Peter Obi, has called on the government to float preventive measures to forestall the occurrence of preventable disasters in society.

Obi gave the advice following the fire disaster at Onitsha on Sunday night, in which some petrol stations and gas plant were razed and also the fire outbreak at some parts of Computer village, Ikeja, early Monday morning.

While the immediate causes of the fire were yet unclear, Obi argued that such disasters could be prevented if government ensured strict observance of safety standards in petroleum, gas, electrical and related industries.

He said that the citing of some petrol stations in busy residential areas defied all safety standards and puts lives and property within the environment at risk. He also pointed out that government, through its monitoring agencies, must ensure that each business establishment meets the safety standards both within the organisation and around the business environment.

“It is sad how properties worth millions of naira were lost in the fire incidents at Onitsha and Lagos. I do sincerely hope that no life was lost. Such occurrences should serve as a reminder that safety must be prioritized in every line of business and the government needs to ensure maximum compliance with safety standards.”, Obi said.

He urged everyone to be more safety and security conscious, especially in the yuletide season and beyond, while calling on the government to equip the fire agency with every necessary support they need, especially in this dry season when fire incidents seem to be on the increase.


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