The Federal Government has suspended 16 tank farms in Lagos from using the Lagos bays for discharging their petroleum products.
The government also banned the creation of new tank farms in the vicinity of the Lagos ports until the issue was re-visited.
Briefing State House correspondent recently after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, the Minister of Transportation, Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke, said the suspension became necessary because of the menace of articulated vehicles.
Allison-Madueke said the activities of the tank farms had encouraged drivers of articulated tankers to congest access roads to the ports thereby impacting negatively on other businesses in the area.
She said the suspension would be in effect until the operators of such tank farms built their independent holding bays to accommodate vehicles meant to take products from them.
Explaining the suspension, which was approved by FEC, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State said drivers of the articulated vehicles had defied other measures to decongest the access roads.
He said that the idea was to avoid the many accidents being recorded on Lagos roads as a result of the activities of the tank farms.
Fashola said in spite of modem communication facilities available in the country, the tank farms and their customers had refused to relocate to a terminal allocated to them.
On the possible impact of the suspension on product supply, Fashola said the advantages outweighed the disadvantages, adding that there was the need to sanitise the area.