President of Association of Nigerian Licenced Customs Agents (ANLCA), Alhaji Olayiwola Shittu, warned in Abuja on Sunday that continued operation of petroleum products depots at the Lagos ports and from densely-populated areas constituted grave dangers.
Shittu said at a forum of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that if there was a fire outbreak at the ports or at the densely-populated Ejigbo area of Lagos, where the NNPC’s depot is located, there would be dire consequences.
``I bet you, we are sitting on keg of gunpowder in Lagos now. If any of those terminals blow, half of Lagos will sink because those types of depots should not even be put either near the ports or where the population stays, but people approved it.
``The cost of relocating is the cost of building; so, it’s difficult, you call them to relocate; they say where is the money?
Government cannot relocate on their behalf because government is looking for money. The best bet to even decongest the roads where the tankers are clogging is for government to close its eyes and pipe those depots, that is supply from that depot through pipe and take them out of the city.