Officers of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service have sealed three petrol stations built within residential areas in Byhazin, Kubwa, an Abuja suburb.
The acting comptroller of the Service, Opetunsin Julius, who frowned at the construction of petrol stations within residential areas, said they would intensify enforcement activities to ensure that due process is followed.
He described as risky, the construction of petrol stations where people reside, and called for strict compliance with the regulations that guide the establishment of petrol stations.
“About a metre from a petrol station you will see residential buildings. But there is a certain distance you need to keep, even to the road before you construct your petrol station,” he said.
He said his organisation was empowered by the National Fire Safety Code to enforce rules on actions that are capable of endangering the lives of citizens, adding that they would not relent in their efforts at controlling fire disaster in FCT.
He urged government agencies to ensure that there are fire defence facilities in their buildings.
“If they do not comply with our fire safety standards we will declare their establishments unsafe. And we have the right to seal up such establishments,” Julius said