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Proliferation: 3 Ilorin communities raise alarm over construction of petrol stations in residential areas

By Mumini AbdulKareem
Three communities in Adewole, Ubandawaki and Oloje in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State have raised the alarm over the proliferation of petrol stations in their abode.
In a protest letter jointly signed by the chairman and secretary of the communities under the aegis ABUBOJE, Dr Ahmed Funsho Ameen and Alhaji Yusuf Arowosaye respectively, which was copied the Department of Petroleum Resources, Kwara State Fire Service, the Divisional Police Officer, Oloje , Urban and Regional Planning and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and sighted by this medium last night, the community rejected the projects citing potential danger to residence of the area.
The community noted that on receiving a letter from its youth association regarding the matter, “we invited the concern Youth Development Association to verify the fact about the matter and later visited the place to see things for ourselves and an independent investigation was carried out by ADUOJE.
“Our findings showed that (one of the) lands has been fenced in ‘U’ shape that usually characterized a Petrol station with the residential houses located around the place. If the Petrol filling Station is finally constructed, it would be hazardous to the lives and properties of the residence who are innocent.
“Therefore, no reasonable community will support the construction of a Petrol Filling Station in such a place. We shall be very grateful if you can intervene in this dangerous venture by this money maniac petrol dealer(s) who seems not to have any respect for human lives and their properties.
“We would also advice that the said place could be used for the construction of a more benefiting business venture like that of ‘Almas’ in front of Barakat Community Secondary School.
“Alma place gets more patronage on a daily basis than a petrol station which is more than enough in the area. Please save our soul and come to our aid, a stitch in time save nine,” the statements concluded.
In two of their letters of reply signed by the Operation Controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), one Engr. Yusuf, the regulator noted that “Please be informed that our record and investigation into the ongoing constructions of filling stations at Alfa Yahaya Area, Ilorin revealed the following:
“This office received application from Avzat International Limited seeking for approval , to site filling station beside Adeta Government Day Secondary School, Aromaradu/Shehu and Abdullahi Road, Alfa Yahaya Area, Ilorin but was disapproved for not meeting/satisfactory requirements. Hence the construction is illegal and void.
“This office also received application from K & R Petroleum Business Limited seeking for approval to site a filling station at No 19, Shehu Adam Abdullahi Road, Alfa Yahaya Area, Ilorin West Local Government Area which was also disapproved for not meeting/satisfactory DPR requirement. Hence, the construction is illegal and void.
“This office did not received application nor issued /granted approval to any company to site of build filling station Opposite Markas Arabic School/Mosque, Alfa Yahaya/Oke Agodi Health Centre Junction, Alfa Yahaya Area, Ilorin. Hence, the construction is illegal and void,” he stressed”, the latter added.
But despite the deny, community sources told National Pilot last night that the construction of the petrol stations was still ongoing adding both the DPR and Town Planning Authorities may have something to hide over the matter.
“How can they say they did not approve the construction of the illegal structures which is potential fire disaster and yet the construction has refused to stop more than a year now”, the source noted.

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