Safety commission seals shops near transformer

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The Lagos State Safety Commission has sealed two shops in front of a transformer on Martins Street, off Broad Street, due to safety violations.

The Director-General of the Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola, said the two lock-up shops were sealed following a petition from a concerned member of the public alleging that the shops violated safety rules and regulations.

According to him, the commission has a mandate to ensure the safety of lives and property in the state.

A Wednesday statement noted that Mojola said the two shops were sealed in response to the petition received by the commission from a concerned resident about a transformer located directly in front of the shops at 148, Broad Street, Marina, Lagos.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that a transformer was installed directly in front of the two shops. The barricade on the transformer is touching the wall of the building, coupled with a gas generator situated close to the transformer, which poses a high risk and unsafe act to the people and the environment, as this may lead to another fire outbreak,” the statement said.

The commissioner implored members of the public to support the government’s zero-tolerance policy against violations of safety rules and regulations.

Last November, the government sealed eight commercial lock-up shops on Dosunmu Street, Lagos Island, warehousing firecrackers in unsafe conditions.

The Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Gbenga Oyerinde, said the shops were sealed to protect the lives and property of residents in the area from fire incidents and explosions.

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