By Moses Adeniyi.
The Ijegun/Egba Tank Farm Owners and Operators Association has solicited the help of the Lagos State Government on development of infrastructures in the Ijegun/Egba Satellite town.
The solicitation for assistance was made to the State Government on Monday during a courtesy call made to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, by the executive members of the Association.
Making the call at the State House, the Chairman of the Association, Mr. Adebowale Olujimi said the need for the State Government to support the Tank Farm Owners on infrastructures in the area, is very important given the contributions of the depots to the Nigerian economy with about N300billion asset worth.
He stressed that the Association needs concrete help from the State Government to support its Social Corporate Responsibility in the satellite community.
According to him, the Association is seeking the State Government’s assistance on the need to dualise the major roads around the area for easy access of trucks.
He mentioned that there has been an intense breakdown of infrastructures which has been causing unease and disharmony with the residents of the Satellite town.
He mentioned that the need to dualise the major road access is urgent given that about 300 to 400 oil trucks ply the roads on a daily basis from the depots.
Olujimi stressed that development of road infrastructures is paramount considering the economic contributions of the Association to the economy of the State and Nigeria at large.
According to him, the Association which is made up of 12 oil depots accounts for about 33 percent of the entire petroleum products supplies in the country.
According to him, the Oil Tank Farms of the Ijegun/Egba depots have expanded their capacity from an initial supply of about 30million litres at inception in 2013, to about 56million litres presently.
Responding, Sanwo-Olu said the State Government is consciously committed to a dual responsibility of ensuring good condition for businesses to thrive, and at the same time sensitive to ensuring the safety and security of the residents of the State, particularly inn making life easy for those in the Ijegun/Egba area.
He stressed that the condition of the Ijegun/Egba gridlock has been a major concern to the State.
He added that the State has been engaging with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on measures to free the area from decongestion.
Assuring his administration’s support, Sanwo-Olu implored the Association to further engage the DPR in the process.
He stated that the State Government is not unaware of the situation and will be playing a prominent role in the process to addressing the challenge.
Sanwo-Olu assured that with his Administration’s commitment to ensuring an economic friendly environment where businesses can thrive, efforts will be put in place to set up a team to critically look into the matter for the security and safety of businesses and citizens.
It would be recalled that the gridlock in the Ijegun/Egba satellite town has been a major source of concern which has evoked residents frowning at the activities of Farm Tanks and lodging displeasure over unease of living conditions due to severe environmental challenges.