81 filling stations to be closed in Ondo State, Nigeria
A panel of enquiry into matters relating to the development of petrol retail outlets in Ondo State has recommended that 81 filling stations be sealed off, even as it recorded that 311 others were established illegally. The panel of inquiry was inaugurated in April by the state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, with the mandate to determine the appropriateness of location of filling stations(fuel-dispenser), interface with owners on approval and make recommendations to the government
Delivering its report to the governor, the panel chairman, Mr Dare Aragbaye, permanent secretary in the state transport ministry, said that the panel discovered a total of 311 filling stations illegally established, out of which 81 are to be sealed off.While the report identified 68 stations as appropriately located, it said, “136 are to receive minor adjustments while 34 others will be converted for other uses.”Mr Aragbaye stressed the need for political will to be able to carry out the recommendations.Speaking while receiving the report, Governor Mimiko frowned at indiscriminate citing of filling stations(fuel dispensers) in every nook and cranny of major cities across the state. The governor, who noted that it is the responsibility of any responsible government to guarantee safety of lives and property of its citizenry, vowed to bring to book any officer found culpable in the illegal approval of petrol outlets. Governor Mimiko promised to do justice to the report.