The Lagos State Government yesterday reopened the five oil tank farms shut in the Kirikiri area of the state last Friday, by officials of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA.
The state Government closed the five oil tank farms for violating environmental laws.
The tank farms are Bovas Petroleum Limited, Swift Oil Limited, Fatgbems Petroleum Limited, Index Oil and Gas and Techno Oil Limited. They were reopened after they signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the state government.
Mr Adebola Shabi, Chief Executive Officer, LASEPA, said “Operators of those oil depots have signed an MoU with the state government, in which it was agreed that a consultant will conduct a post-impact assessment of the area to ascertain the extent of environmental pollutions that may have been impacted.”
He said the oil companies agreed to construct water drainages to ease flooding around a residential estate, which is not up to 200 metres from the oil depots in the area.
Mr Shabi added that the oil tank farms have agreed to construct water hydrant in front of their depots and purchase fire engines to fight any outbreak of fire in the area as safety measures because of their closeness to residential buildings.