Gas fire: LGA boss laments lousy fire fighters in his employ



Gladys Nweke

A local council boss has decried the lousiness of fire fighting personnel at his disposal, saying the were nowhere to be found when gas fire exploded. He said other fire fighting units in the state also went to sleep.


In a bid to avoid future fire incidents in Obio/akpor Local Government Area, owners of Petrol and Gas Stations have been advised to always set up internal fire Fighters within their premises.

Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, Hon. Solomon Abel Eke, made this known at a meeting with representatives of Petrol Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, PETROAN at the council secretariat.

Delivering his remarks, the council boss said the Obio/akpor International Market fire service had about 2,000 gallons of water on Saturday night when the fire incident occurred but none of the workers were on duty that night. He said he arrived the scene to help take those injured to the hospital and was there with youths from the community to help put out the fire.

Speaking further, Hon. Eke said he reached out to sister fire service units both SPDC and the state owned unit to no avail. He said disciplinary measures and investigation is ongoing against the fire men who sabotaged the good effort of council.

Hon. Eke also disclosed initial plans by the local government to set up fire stations at strategic locations in the LGA, said most of the existing stations have been unable to function maximally due to funding.

On his Part, State Chairman, Petrol Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, PETROAN, who regretted the response of firefighters in the State, said most Petrol and Gas Stations in the state have scored 98% by Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR assessment.

Fire in action

There was a gas explosion at Adros Gas Plant off Airport road, Rumuodomaya headquarters of Obio-Akpor local government area, a suburb of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital.

The incident happened last weekend with reverberation from the explosion causing panic around Rumuodomanya community.

It was not clear whether there were casualties but some of the workers on night shift were said to have suffered severe burns.

Police and other security agencies were mobilized to the scene at the time of filing this report.

It was reported that within the neighborhood where the gas plant is located the reverberation from the explosion was first heard late in the evening.

Silver News reports that the explosion started with the gas tankers in the gas plant before spreading to other gas tanks and reserve.

The chairman of Obio-Akpor local government area, Solomon Eke, is said to have mobilized security agencies and fire service to the scene and cordoned off that axis of Airport road.