The Lagos State Government has given Tank Farm Operators one week to commence the process of regularising their facilities by filling the application for Planning Permit.
This directive was given by the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr. Idris Salako at a meeting with Tank Farm Operators covered by our correspondent at Alausa-lkeja.
The Commissioner who said only 8 out of the 41 Tank Farms existing in the State had Planning Permits authorising their establishments, said most of the Tank Farms in the State had been operating illegally and in variance with Section 27 of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA)and Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) regulations 2019,
which stipulates that anyone who built in Lagos State without Planning Permit commits an offence liable to enforcement, imposition of Penal fees or removal of structure.
He said that the operations of the Tank Farms had thrown up many challenges for the State, including pipeline vandalism, environmental degradation, fire outbreak, traffic congestion and destruction of public infrastructure among others.
“Viewing the challenges posed with serious concern, the State Government had chosen to engage operators of Tank Farms to find a lasting solution to ease the challenges” – Dr. Salako
“So operators that fails to start the process of regularisation of its facility after one week would face serious sanctions” – he said.
Gistongist reports that the state government urged Operators to partner with the Government in order to deliver well- coordinated and impactful Corporate Social Responsibility to the host communities.