SUNNY DAVID, AWKA
The Anambra State Government Executive council committee on citing of gas plants and filling stations has again directed owners of illegal Petrol and Gas stations to remove them immediately.
A statement signed by the Chairman of the State Physical Planning Board, Barrister Chike Maduekwe noted that Petrol station operators who illegally added mini cooking gas plants within their facilities have not complied with the removal order served them on the 16th of October, 2018 by the Anambra State Physical Planning Board.
The statement warned that the Committee shall with effect from Thursday 21st March 2019, commence removal of mini cooking gas plants from all Petrol stations in Anambra State while Government shall recover the cost of removal of these illegal developments from the developers and Owners.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Government has noted with profound sadness the accident which occurred around 4 pm on Wednesday, March 13, at Upper Iweka Road, Onitsha, the commercial city of the state involving some vehicles, including a tanker laden with about 33,000 litres of kerosene.
It killed at least seven persons and maimed 14 persons.
In a statement issued in Awka, by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C-Don Adinuba, the State government commiserates with the victims and their families.
Governor Willie Obiano has directed that the surviving victims be given the best medical attention available. The Anambra State Government will bear the cost entirely.
The Governor has also set up a panel to investigate the cause or causes of the accident and advise the state government on measures to take to avoid a similar occurrence.
The panel according to the statement will be headed by the Honorable Commissioner for Transport.