Satellite Town residents in Lagos, yesterday stoutly rejected the siting of tank farms in the densely residential area created in 1976.
“The residents under the auspices of Satellite Town Forum, said the rejection was as a result of safety issues, which the siting of such facility could pose to them.”
“Speaking through their chairman, Mr. Governor Imitini, the residents said despite several meetings with all relevant stakeholders, in respect of the project, there was no concrete measure to curtail fire outbreak in the event of its occurrence.”
Lamenting that the community, “which was once a resident of choice in 1979 has become a slum with failed infrastructure, he questioned the rationale behind the siting of the farm tanks and proposed tanker parks in the town.”
“The community is calling for the relocation of all petroleum depots from Satellite Town to safer areas because of the impending doom which Nigeria, as a developing country cannot handle. The town is home to the Navy Town, where there is an underground armoury. Any fire emanating from the tank farms will lead to a monumental destruction such that 2001 Ikeja Bomb blast will be a child’s play, in comparism,” he stated.