By Ononye VC
Following the disastrous fire outbreak in which two petrol stations and several cars were gutted by fire close to Zik Roundabout,Onitsha,the Justice, Development,Peace/Caritas Commission, Archdiocese of Onitsha (JDPC) and some residents of Onitsha are expressing apprehension about a new filling station springing up at a built up area along Oguta road by Old Cemetery road,overlooking Ojedi Road.
Reacting to the recent fire incident which occured at two filling stations Onitsha,the Executive Director,JDPC, Archdiocese of Onitsha,Rev Fr Dr Edwin Udoye,said the commission is saddened by the reckless location of petrol stations within residential areas which are potential dangers.
According to Rev Fr Udoye,the commission will hold the state government responsible if such incidents occur again warning that it would go to any length to seek justice.
Fr Udoye expressed regret that those in authority are using their positions as threats to human existence if they could approve for erection of such filling stations in a built up area and other places near residential homes.
The JDPC called for immediate investigation leading to what it called,”reckless and mindless approval of such filling stations and get those behind it disciplined.
One of the filling stations under review is also close to St Joseph Catholic Church and Primary schools within the vicinity.
A commercial motor driver Mr Ekene Obika who spoke to Trinitas queried why any sane government would give approval for such project.
According to Ekene,many residential houses were very close to the site and it would spell doom for the residents if any fire outbreak occurs.
He called on Governor Willie Obiano to fish out those who gave approval for such time bomb to be located there.
Also speaking,Mr Alfred Obidiegwu,condemned those who approved the project.According to him,it was the handwork of corrupt officials in government adding that until something untoward happens nobody would come out to talk.
A resident who spoke on condition of anonymity called the state government to close down further erection of the station since according to him,it was obvious that something bad will happen in future.
All efforts to get the Anambra Physical Planning Authority,Onitsha failed as no one agreed to disclose his contact.
Also in Onitsha North LGA,there was no one willing to talk on the issue.
The local government transition committee chairman Mr Patrick Agha Mba was not available when Trinitas visited.
Meanwhile all those affected by the fire have been counting their loses just as the Anambra state governor said it has confiscated both filling stations.