Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State has ordered the closure of all gas refill stations located within residential areas.
The Governor, who gave the order appealed to residents to report such gas outlets to government for immediate action.
While on a visit to the Saturday’s gas explosion at Sabon Tasha, Kaduna, he said the gas refill stations would be relocated to industrial layouts.
“It is most unfortunate that this incident has happened. It has further proven that, gas retail is a high risk activity that should not be allowed to be located in residential areas.
“We will relocate them; we will give them land in industrial areas where adequate precautions to prevent things like this will be put in place. For now, we have to get all these gas refilling plants within the metropolis and towns relocated and shut down,” he stressed.
The governor advised residents to report anyone found refilling gas within residential areas.
“You should report to Kaduna Environmental Protection Agency (KASUPDA) so that measures can be taken to chase them out.
“While the person might be doing it for money, you will be the victims. So report to KASUPDA or KEPA or write directly to me. It is my duty to ensure that everyone is safe,“ he stated.
The Governor also paid condolence visit to the family of Professor Simon Mallam who died in the incident and also visited victims of the gas explosion receiving treatment at St Gerald hospital, Kaduna.
He prayed for the souls of those who died and quick recovery of those in hospitals.