An official of LASPPPA who spoke on behalf of the General Manager, Mr Funmi Osifuye, confirmed that the gas plant was marked a month ago for not having a physical planning permit.
He said, “The company constructed the structure without having a planning permit which might not be the primary reason for the explosion. Our agency has been doing a lot of enforcement and recently we have been going back to the places we marked earlier in the year to see if they have complied with the directive given to them.
“The company is supposed to come to our office and apply for processing which they did not do. The structure didn’t conform to the existing neighbourhood. Even if they had brought an application for physical planning permit, we would not have given approval for a gas station because it is surrounded with a neighbourhood consisting of two schools and residential areas.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State House of Assembly has ordered an investigation into the explosion to address the recurring incidents in the state.
Perhaps, Kareem and other victims could have been spared of the pains and losses caused by the tragedy if the state government, which confirmed to City Round, that the firm didn’t have a planning permit, had stopped its operations.
Our correspondent, who visited the explosion scene, noticed that the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority marked the gas station on September 10, 2020. LASPPPA put another mark on the facility on Thursday with the inscription, “sealed.”