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Governor Makinde enforces stricter regulations on explosives, hazardous substances in Oyo State

Executive Order 001, 2024 Mandates Immediate Declaration of Explosives Amid Safety Concerns

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In response to safety concerns following a recent explosion in Ibadan, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has signed Executive Order 001, 2024, aimed at regulating the handling and storage of harmful substances across the state.

Under the new directive, individuals and companies possessing any form of explosives have been given a 72-hour ultimatum to declare them to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security. Failure to comply will constitute a punishable offense under Oyo State laws.

The decision to enact the Executive Order follows a tragic explosion on January 16, which claimed five lives, injured 77 individuals, and destroyed 58 houses in Ibadan’s Adeyi area. Initial investigations linked the incident to explosives unlawfully stored by miners in a residential area.

Speaking during the signing ceremony at the Governor’s Office in Ibadan, Makinde emphasized the urgency of the order, citing the need to prevent future calamities similar to the January 16 explosion.

The Executive Order mandates a comprehensive inventory detailing the type, quantity, location, and purpose of all harmful substances possessed within Oyo State. Special attention will be given to high-risk cases, with priority placed on their safe evacuation and secure storage under the supervision of relevant security agencies.

Furthermore, companies dealing with hazardous materials must submit disaster management and mitigation plans, ensuring compliance with safety protocols and regulatory requirements. The order also stipulates that the cost of logistics related to the evacuation and storage of harmful substances shall be borne by the responsible individuals or companies.

Governor Makinde underscored the government’s zero-tolerance stance on mishandling hazardous substances, affirming that strict enforcement measures will be implemented to ensure compliance with the Executive Order.

The signing of Executive Order 001, 2024, signifies a crucial step towards enhancing public safety and minimizing the risks associated with the storage and handling of harmful materials within Oyo State.

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