Governor Sonko fires warning shot to petroleum dealers over safety regulations


Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at a past event. PHOTO | COURTESY
File image of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • The Mike Sonko-led team, in a statement to newsrooms on Sunday, said the Disaster Management and Coordination Committee will conduct inspections to ascertain compliance with the Disaster Management Act 2015 for general safety and the Finance Act 2018.

Nairobi County Government has now given owners of petroleum depots and petrol stations 14 days to ensure their premises comply with all safety regulations.

The Mike Sonko-led team, in a statement to newsrooms on Sunday, said the Disaster Management and Coordination Committee will conduct inspections to ascertain compliance with the Disaster Management Act 2015 for general safety and the Finance Act 2018.

“The regulations stipulate that all petroleum depots, service and petrol stations within the county must have adequate firefighting equipment, fire systems, maintenance services, testing of portable and fixed fire equipment installations, training of staff, provision of first aid and conduction of emergency drills,” read the statement.

“Petrol tankers, fuel depots, petroleum outlets and all dealers of inflammable substances must undergo regular inspection by the County Fire Brigade to ascertain their safety and emergency plans.”

Acting County Secretary Leboo Morintat called on all investors in the sector to comply with the regulations saying the county will take the inspection seriously.

“All county residents, stakeholders and investors are notified that they are required to contact our Disaster Management and Coordination Chief Officer to ensure that they have adhered to all regulations,” said Leboo.

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