Tony Akowe, Abuja
RESIDENTS of Ijegun, Abule Egba and Kirikiri areas of Lagos have mentioned all tank farms situated of their areas and mentioned to have about 35 per cent of petroleum merchandise consumed within the nation be relocated to different components of the nation.
However the Tank Farm Homeowners and Operators Affiliation mentioned this is able to be unattainable as such motion would create a disaster throughout the trade.
They mentioned any relocation would additionally have an effect on provide of petroleum merchandise to totally different components of the county.
The affiliation claimed that the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company (NNPC) had not paid them to make use of its facility for storage of petroleum merchandise within the final 24 months.
The affiliation mentioned its members had been battling to settle over N100 billion they owed numerous banks.
However whereas the tank farm house owners and operators and the Division of Petroleum Sources (DPP) insisted that they reclaimed the land on which they constructed their tanks, the Satellite tv for pc Cities Discussion board and the lawmaker representing Amuwo Odofin within the Home, Emmanuel Egoh, insisted that the satellite tv for pc cities had been in existence earlier than the tank farms had been created.
Chairman of the Satellite tv for pc Cities Discussion board, Michael Imitimi, instructed the committee that the placement of the tank farms of their neighborhood was not of their curiosity.
Talking on Wednesday throughout an investigative listening to organised by the Home advert hoc committee in Abuja, Imitimi mentioned the world had been residential since 1976 which was earmarked and gazetted in 1979 to usher in President Shehu Shagari’s administration after a settlement Briefly Occupation Licence was given to the occupiers.
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He mentioned: “In 2012, we began seeing the invasion of a tank farm in the neighborhood. That has induced us loads of issues. We now have different eight villages throughout the water and we simply have one seven-metre highway that results in the tank farm and the neighborhood.
“Vehicles are available a whole bunch and in chains. We are able to keep in mind the fireplace in Onitsha: just one truck had a multiplier impact, and folks died. These vans, ranged from 33,000 to 78,000 metric tonnes. The problem earlier than us is that this: who gave this approval in a residential space?”
However Chairman of the Tank Farm Homeowners and Operators Affiliation, Adebowale Olujimi, instructed the committee that “with over N2 trillion in belongings at present servicing loans obtained from banks for financing the development and oil advertising and marketing operations, a relocation of tank farms from Ijegun will likely be an amazing shock to each the traders and financiers.
“That is in contemplating the large and big value of tank farms’ development and having a collective funding asset of over N2 trillion…”