Lagos Launches Extensive Plans to Stop Spate of Fire at Markets

April 12, 2024
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By Adedapo Adesanya 

The Lagos Government has launched an extensive plan to boost fire safety measures as it intensifies efforts to staunch the rate of fire outbreaks in markets across the state.

This follows a recent fire outbreak at Lagos Island Market and a subsequent on-the-spot assessment by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, according to a statement by Deputy Director of Public Affairs Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Mr Ololade Agboola.

The statement said that under the directive of Governor Sanwo-Olu, relevant government agencies responsible for building control and permits will enforce proper safety protocols.

Outlined by Mrs Margaret Adeseye, Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, the proposed measures include the appointment and training of Fire Safety Marshals in all buildings, mandatory provision of fire extinguishers in every shop, inspection and maintenance of electrical wiring by certified professionals, enforcement of proper storage procedures and installation of fire detection and suppression systems.

Others include regulation of generator placement to prevent on-site fuel storage, prohibition of fuel storage within buildings, strict oversight on storage of combustible materials, with permits required and implementation of a whistleblower mechanism for reporting violations.

Mrs Adeseye stressed the urgency of these measures, citing 11 fire incidents this year alone in the vicinity, including five market fires and six shop-related incidents.

The statement added that the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service has actively conducted fire safety campaigns in the market area to educate and empower stakeholders in fire prevention.

In a related development, Governor Sanwo-Olu has directed the Ministry of Physical Planning and permit agencies to go after the structures not complying with the building codes and regulations, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity,  Mr Gboyega Akosile.

“The Physical Planning authorities are going to be having a difficult time with me over this incident. When I’m done with them, they will come on the streets. This incident has been happening too often and it is unacceptable.

“We can’t watch traders endangering the lives of others by putting generating sets on rooftops and higher floors of buildings. This is not acceptable in residential buildings,” the Governor said in the statement.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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