*Says underground petrol tank responsible for Lagos fire
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has assured Nigerians that its retail stations currently have over 400 trucks laden with petroleum products waiting to discharge at various stations
This is even as the corporation explained that the fire incident at one of its affiliate retail outlets in Lagos on Monday, emanated from an underground tank and not caused by a truck that was discharging petroleum products.
In a statement in Abuja, Managing Director of NNPC Retail Limited, Sir Billy Okoye, noted that that the fire was swiftly extinguished without any mortality recorded.
He sympathized with Taibod Petroleum Limited, the affiliate company, over the unfortunate incident and commended the Federal Fire Service, NNPC firefighters from the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) and other well-meaning Nigerians that supported in putting out the fire.
Okoye dismissed the insinuation that the fire was caused by a truck that was discharging petroleum products at the scene of the incident, adding that NNPC Retail stations attendants were well briefed and trained on handling of trucks and products discharge procedures.
According to him, all stations under the brand name of NNPC Retail Limited operate under very high safety standards as endorsed by the Federal Fire Service and the Department of Petroleum Resources.
He said, “In all our stations, safety is very important and we have our Health Safety teams that go round to ensure that these safety standards are adhered to strictly. These safety teams visit these stations routinely to educate and enlighten these affiliate station owners on the need for them to uphold safety procedures. Every station must hold fire drills every month and all staff of the stations are mandated to participate in these drills.”
Okoye further noted that as a policy, NNPC Retail ensures that all the over 600 retail stations under her watch across the country, maintained required safety standard in order to curtail incidences of fire outbreaks as well as other health and safety hazards.