Akure Residents Protest Indiscriminate Siting of Gas Station

Residents and traders at Ireakari and Temidire quarters, Roadblock area of Akure, the Ondo state capital have staged a peaceful protest against indiscriminate location of gas stations in the area.

The protesters complained that there was an attempt by filling station owners and dealers to locate two gas stations close to an existing one in the area, a step, they said will make the neighborhood highly prone to fire outbreak.

Two of the protesters, a youth leader, Abayomi Ajijola-Ajofe (rdm) and a trader Mr. Kazeem Jinadu, said residents would resist any attempt by the dealers to induce officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) or that of the state government to approve such new gas stations at the Akure roadblock.

The Chairman of Temidire landlords, Mr Ibrahim Adeuyi called on the Ondo state government and the DPR to withdraw certificate of allocation or location of the new gas stations as plank shops in the areas would be at risk to fire incident.

Another traders, Mrs. Jumoke Akinsele added that nobody would be safe again if new gas or filling stations were allowed to be located in the area.

The residents said they had written a petition to the state government and the DPR not to allow siting of any gas station in the area.

Leke Adegbite

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