…As official says Nigeria disability data bank has taken off, in FCT***
The House of Representatives on Tuesday assessed the effects of the location of petroleum tank farms and the operators’ activities on the residents of Ijegun-Egba and Kirikiri communities of Lagos State.
The Speaker of the house, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, some time ago inaugurated an ad-hoc committee to investigate the matter, following petitions the house received from the residents of the affected communities.
The residents, in August, 2019, had also protested before Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, demanding the immediate relocation of the tank farms because they were in residential areas.
The committee led by Rep Sergius Ogun, included the member representing Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency of Lagos State, Mr Oghene Egoh.
Ogun said the purpose of the visit was to assess the impacts of the facilities on the people and make appropriate recommendations to the house.
The committee chairman said the exercise was also to verify the approvals the owners of the facilities obtained to construct them as well as the safety measures put in place by the depot operators.
“We are here on an inspection visit to the tank farms and depots and we will meet later with the Lagos State Governor, Sanwo-Olu, for further deliberations.
“We have also scheduled a meeting on Wednesday with all stakeholders where we will look at the issues,” Ogun said.
According to him, the committee will thereafter forward its report and recommendations to the house as directed by the speaker.
The committee was received by the depot owners who explained the safety and regulatory precautions in the facilities to forestall any fire disaster.
The facilities visited in Kirikiri area included Techno Oil and Gas depot, Bovas depot, Index Petrolube Africa depot, Fagbems Petroleum depot, Chisco Energy depot and Swift Oil depot.
Those inspected in Ijegun-Egba in the Satellite Town area were Emadeb depot, A.A. Rano Oil depot, Wosbab depot, Mao Petroleum depot, Rainoil Depot and First Royal depot, among others.
In another development, Dr Samuel Ankeli, Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Disability Matters, says the Nigeria Disability Data Bank has taken off with FCT as its pilot scheme.
Ankeli told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, that the implementation would ensure the inclusiveness of People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) in the social development of the country.
According to him, the introduction of the Basic Registry and Information System in Nigeria (BRISIN) is the powering instrument to build the disability data bank for PLWDs, less privileged and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
He said that it was high time everyone living with disability was known and identified, adding that he would use the second term of his appointment to achieve this.
“We will ensure data capturing of all the PLWDs in every nook and cranny of Nigeria, all less privileged and IDPs with their biometrics starting with FCT as a pilot.
“We will also build a disability data structure together with skill acquisition centres at every area council or local government area for easy management and assistance to PLWDs and others.
“Provide buses for easy transportation to schools, hospitals and other social services.
“Make sure that the 10 per cent labour provision in public offices are respected and ensure PLWDs are carried along in Nigerian Social Economic Development.
”Give PLWDs a sense of belonging by working with the commission and all other agencies with responsibility on PLWDs among other things,” Ankeli said.
On funding, he said there was presently no Federal Government budget allocation for the building of the data bank.
Ankeli said a Treasury Single Account (TSA) had been created for this purpose with a temporary head office at the Secretariat as well as an operational office at Wuse 2.
He, however, urged everyone to support President Buhari’s good intentions to reduce poverty and ensure inclusiveness to all and support the drive to implement the Data bank.
He said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had been requested to provide seed money for take-off of the project.
Ankeli urged local and state governments, fundraising agencies, international donors, banks and private companies, Nigerians in the Diaspora and well-wishers to support the implementation of the data bank.
He said a BRISIN Information Journal would be made available that would publish activities of the data bank including donations and expenditure of the project.