The FCT chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has paid a condolence visit to Kugbo building materials market that was razed by fire in the early morning of Monday.
The team, led by IPMAN FCT director of operation, Mr. Ameh Kennedy, urged the traders who lost their valuable goods worth millions of naira to take it as an act of God.
The director of operations faulted the use of gas cylinders, installation of gas tanks and other intoxicant products in the market as the possible cause as well as devastating effect of the fire.
He cautioned the traders to adhere to laid down FCT environmental standard and rules that specified non-use of gas products or sales in unapproved areas and among largely trading areas designated for only building materials, furniture and timber products.
Mr. Kennedy expressed the total dissatisfaction of FCT IPMAN on what his team saw at the scene of the fire incident which clearly demonstrated presence of gas tanks and illegal gas trade in the market.
He emphasised that IPMAN alongside the FCT administration would bring up stringent enforcement policies to guard against future occurrence and charged the traders not to involve themselves in illegal gas trade without the approval of FCT IPMAN whose mandate is to regulate, authorise and see to legal gas trade, adherence to guidelines and safety measures.