By Salawudeen Olawale
The Ogun State Government says it will sanction companies or factories operating without adequate safety mechanisms within their premises to safeguard lives and property.
The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olamilekan Adegbite, was quoted to have said this while declaring open a training workshop on fire prevention, disaster, emergency management and control organised by the Department of Fire and Safety in Abeokuta.
He said nine people lost their lives between December 2016 and March 2017 due to fire extinguisher explosions.
Adegbite warned that errant companies, especially those with expired fire extinguishers, would be penalised.
He said arrangements had been concluded by the state’s fire service to begin on the spot inspection of companies, factories and small-scale business premises to ascertain their level of compliance, and those without industrial fire alarm system would also be sanctioned.
The commissioner stated, “We all know that fire, in spite of its usefulness, is very dangerous if not properly monitored and handled.
“Therefore, it is very necessary to stem this trend by way of educating our people on fire management and its attendant danger, this is why the government will not leave any stone unturned at ensuring that our people are safe at work places.”