- Gas retail shops in Kaduna will henceforth be relocated to industrial areas in the state
- The order was given by Governor Nasir El-Rufai following the recent gas explosion which claimed lives in the state
- El-Rufai said that the state government is already making provisions for the relocation
Following the gas explosion that took place in Kaduna state on Saturday, January 4, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has ordered the closure of retail gas shops in residential areas.
El-Rufai, who was at Sabon Tasha, the scene of the tragedy on Monday, January 6, ordered the shops to relocate to industrial areas for the safety of residents, The Nation reports.
He added that any owner of a gas shop who fails to comply with the directive must be reported to the Kaduna Environmental Protection Agency (KASUPDA) which will, in turn, impose punitive sanctions on such a person.
The governor said that provision of lands and precautionary measures are already being made for the relocation, so as to avoid a repeat of the disaster.
He said: “We will relocate them, we will give them land in industrial areas where adequate precautions to prevent things like this will be put in place.
“But for now, we have to get all these gas refilling plants within the metropolis and towns relocated. We are mapping all of them. For now they are shut down.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari had expressed deep sadness over the gas explosion which led to the death of the chairman, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, Professor Simon Mallam, his son and three others at Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna on Saturday, January 4.
Reacting to the incident, President Buhari said: "I am deeply touched by this unfortunate incident that claimed the lives of Professor Simon Mallam, his son and others.
“The death of the erudite Professor has robbed Nigeria of a great scientist whose services were acutely needed at a time we are increasing emphasis on science and technology for development."
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