The Lagos State government has warned residents of the state against indiscriminate handling and storage of combustible items in their homes..
This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Olugbenga Oyerinde and Director General Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola at the weekend, saying that the state government has renewed its commitment on the safety of lives and protection of its citizenry across the state..
Oyerinde said it has become imperative to alert the public on the need to be more safety conscious; the risks inherent in transporting and handling combustible items, fuels, chemicals and other dangerous goods are huge, leading to quantum loss of lives, property and litigations.
The Director General, Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola in his remarks said the value for lives cannot be quantified.
He disclosed that the commission has commenced a ‘SAFETY FOR YOU’ campaign aimed at making safety a priority for every Lagosian. This campaign focuses on raising awareness and encouraging proactive safety measures in personal, occupational and business contexts.
According to him, stockpiles of chemicals and combustibles carry the risk of explosions and fire outbreaks under excessive temperature and pressure.
He noted that our safety and that of our neighbors is sacrosanct and advised members of the public to take responsibility. “When you see something, please say something. An injury to one is an injury to all.”
He said officers of the Commission are already going round to ensure everywhere is safe for all and sundry.
He urged artisans and tradesmen to seek professional advice on handling combustibles goods as well as moving them from one location to another within the State.
He admonished the public to report stockpiles of any form of dangerous goods to 07000SAFETY or to the nearest security agencies.”