OVH Energy, owners of the Apapa petroleum products storage facility of Oando located at Ijora Badia have acknowledged the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) the Nigerian Navy and a host of other stakeholders who helped in extinguishing the fire that gutted its tank farm last week.
In a press statement signed by Huub Stokman, Chief Executive Officer of OVH Energy, informed the Apapa residents and general public that the fire was successfully put off at 04:43 am on Saturday, 7th October.
He commended the invaluable efforts and support of the Federal Fire Service; Adova Plc; NPA: Lagos State Fire Service; 11 Plc; MRS; UBA; NEMA; LASEMA; Julius Berger; NNPC; NIPCO; NAPIMS; Folawiyo Energy Ltd.
Other organisations include; Total Nigeria Plc; HOGL Energy Ltd, Nigerian Army; Nigerian Navy; Nigerian Police; Union and the host communities who helped in the management of the outbreak.
“We wish to express our sincerest appreciation to all stakeholders and individuals who contributed to the timely management and extinguishing of the fire incident at OVH Energy terminal 1, at Apapa, Lagos”
“To the general public who contributed in one way or the other in extinguishing the outbreak, accept our deepest appreciation”
“As a responsible corporate citizen our priority is the safety of life and property of all stakeholders. We are committed to a goal of zero health and safety incident so we have commenced immediate investigation of the cause of the fire” he assured
Eye witnesses had on Thursday last week claimed that the fire started as a result of maintenance welding works within the tank farm.
Before the fire was successfully extinguished, residents of Ijora Badia and Marine Beach area close to the scene panicked, even as many of them started vacating their homes as the tank farm was said to have lost integrity test and it was suspected that it might collapse, thereby causing fire havoc on the neighborhood.