Trans Loading Of Fuel Responsible For Fire Outbreak In Kaduna – KADSEMA

    The tanker on fire.

    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

     The Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA) has said  the trans loading of petroleum products is responsible for the  fire outbreak at Unguwan Mu’azu in Kaduna.
    Abubakar Hassan, Executive Secretary of the agency made this known while conducting check on environmental safety issues in the area on Thursday.
    According to him, the fire incident is a result of trans loading of petroleum products by inexperienced persons with no safety measures in place.
    He said three firemen sustained injuries while putting out the fire and were currently in the hospital receiving treatment.
    Hassan said the agency would not allow people to do anything to jeopardise the effort of the government in securing the lives and property of people in the state.
    “People do not understand the different risks they take on a day to day basis,  that is the reason why we have to ensure they have an attitudinal change to make them aware of the dangers around them,”he said.
    On the illegal activities, he said:  ” As you can see, people are beginning to move out of the area; meaning they know what they are doing is against the law.”
    He lamented that a school had  borders with the  illegal refinery, dealing with refining combustible items and  the school had no safety measures in place.
    ”The school was close to the illegal refinery and did not report the activities to any relevant agency for action,  thereby,   putting the lives of children at risk,” he said.
    Hassan said all relevant agencies needed to synergize to intensify and strengthen the relationship of all state and non-state actors, to conduct a joint assessment of ensuring people changed their attitude toward safety.
    It would be recalled that the fire incident occurred on Tuesday,  where no fewer than 11 petrol tankers were razed by fire.
    The fire incident led to the discovery of different illegal activities involving petroleum products in the area.


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