Harmattan: NEMA warns against storing of petrol at home

Mkpoikana Udoma 11 December 2015, Sweetcrude Port Harcourt – The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has warned members of the public against storing Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly known as petrol, at home as a result of scarcity of the product in the country.
blast. fire.explosionThe South-South Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr. Benjamin Oghena, while speaking with SweetcrudeReports in Port Harcourt, warned that the storage of petrol in residential areas could be dangerous particularly at this harmattan period.
Oghena further said it is also dangerous for those in the rural areas to engage in bush burning especially during the harmattan period.
He said the warning is to avoid the normal fire disasters that usually characterised the harmattan period.
“It is a welcome development that the issue of fuel scarcity is reducing although some people are still not convinced. Because as some people are preparing to travel for the yuletide they might want to store fuel at home – incase there will be no fuel at the beginning of next year – that is a very dangerous attitude.
“Apart from that, people in the rural areas too at this period are preparing grounds for the next farming season and they might end up engaging in bush burning; most times the small fire they start ends up getting out of hand.”
 The South South Zonal boss of NEMA further said the agency would soon commence a sensitization of members of the public on fire disaster management.
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