The Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has been called upon to avert possible outbreaks of fire which may destroy lives and property of the residents of Ajara Town in the Badagry Local Government Area of the state.
The residents of the community under the umbrella of the Ajara Concerned Citizens Association of Badagry made this call in a Save-Our-Souls letter sent to the governor of Lagos State dated June 2 and signed by the chairman of the association, Chief Michael Sunayon.
Chief Sunayon said this call became necessary in view of the “questionable and illegal establishment of petrol and gas stations springing up in the township.”
He said: “Many illegal petrol and gas stations are springing up daily and carelessly everywhere in Ajara. This is a threat to lives and property in case of an outbreak of fire reminiscent of a gas explosion which rocked Ajara Vetho in which so many lives and property were lost last year.”
He said in Ajara Topa alone, there were more than six filling stations located inside residential areas while additional “six petrol stations are now springing up in the township. The establishment of these mushroom filling stations without putting in place measures to guard against fire outbreaks is unacceptable.
This portends a great danger to the security of lives and property of residents. Our lives are in danger since the petrol and gas stations are now built at any available space in the township.“
The chairman of the association pointed out that as a result of the imminent danger, the residents had no choice, but to call on Governor Sanwo-Olu to save “us from avertable danger looming over our heads . We do not want an outbreak of fire or gas explosion again in the town.