Alhaji Sayyu Dantata, Chairman, MRS
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MRS Oil and Gas Limited, Alhaji Sayyu Dantata, has restated that no life was lost in a recent fire incident that engulfed one of the company’s 14 barges in Tin Can Island area of Lagos.
Sayyu told THISDAY that when the fire started, the company’s fire safety equipment shut down the entire facility, adding that the well-trained workers were also able to move people out of danger areas very quickly.
“I will tell you the truth when I arrived at the scene of the fire incident less than two hours after, I could not believe that no one died because the amount of damage I saw from the explosion was enormous. When I asked if there were fatalities, my people said no. They told me that the only people that suffered bruises were the workers, who were making sure that people were being evacuated quickly to safety. You can imagine the relief I felt to learn that no life was lost. As the Chairman and CEO, I am responsible for every single life on the premises,” he said.
He debunked insinuations that many people lost their lives in the incident, stressing that the company took precautionary measures to match international standards of modern oil installations in terms of safety.
He noted that because of the investments the company made in safety measures, the workers were able to contain the disaster.
“This greatly reassured me that we invested in the right personnel, with the right knowledge, mindset and experience, who can quickly deploy their training in time of danger to minimise any damage and prevent loss of precious lives in the situation we found ourselves,” he added.
On calls by Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State for the relocation of the tank farms from Tin Can Island, Dantata said the suggestion was a welcome development.
“For me it is a welcome proposal by him. When Nigeria was being planned from the colonial times coupled with subsequent civilian and military regimes we never had a governor in Lagos that I can say can plan and then follow it through tenaciously to see that what has been planned will be executed like this governor has been doing. If you knew Lagos 15 years ago, you will understand what I am talking about. Even if you bring Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder here today they will tell you that they can feel the difference and that things have changed for good,” he said.