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OSHAssociation Reacts to Dangote Refinery Fire Incident: Raises Concerns over Fire Safety Protocols

OSHAssociation, a leading organisation in Occupational Safety and Health in Nigeria, has reacted to the recent fire incident at Dangote Petroleum Refinery located in the Lekki Free Zone, Lagos.

On Wednesday June 26th, the fire broke out at the refinery’s effluent treatment plant. According to Anthony Chiejina, the Group Head of Corporate Communications at Dangote, the fire was quickly contained, and there were no reports of injuries or harm to any of the staff on duty. Chiejina also emphasised that the refinery is currently operating and that the incident was a “minor fire” at the effluent treatment plant.

OSHAssociation expresses concerns over the safety protocols and emergency response procedures in place at the Refinery. They believes that the incident has raised questions about the overall occupational Safety and Health measures at this critical facility.

Dangote Refinery is a strategic project for Nigeria’s energy sector, and it is crucial that the highest safety standards are in place to protect the workers and the surrounding community. OSHAssociation calls for a thorough investigation into the fire incident and urges Dangote Group to engage with the Association to review and enhance its safety protocols, emergency response procedures, and overall Occupational Health and Safety measures at the refinery.

Dangote Refinery is expected to help reduce Nigeria’s reliance on imported refined petroleum products. The company recently received an additional one million barrels of Bonny Light crude from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC Ltd.), indicating its progress towards commencing production of refined petroleum products.

OSHAssociation believes that proactive measures are crucial to prevent similar incidents from re-occuring and safeguard the well-being of all stakeholders involved.

As the Dangote Refinery continues its journey towards becoming a game-changer in Nigeria’s energy landscape, OSHAssociation’s concerns serve as a timely reminder that safety must be a top priority, paving the way for a secure and sustainable energy future for the nation.

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