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The Apata Ibadan depot of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation has been gutted by fire. The incident was said to have occurred in the loading section of the depot.

According to Tribune, four fuel tankers were also gutted by fire during the incident. One of the tankers on loading point was said to have caught fire before spreading to other parts of the terminal.

Meanwhile, the Oyo state government says it is committed to the implementation of Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP), and other intervention programmes to mitigate flooding in the state.

Kehinde Ayoola, the state commissioner for environment and Natural Resources, gave the assurance on Monday, during a news briefing on flood alert and preparedness in Oyo state.

Ayoola said the present administration took cognisance of the report of Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIMSA), which gave a frightening prediction of flooding in some states, including Oyo.

He said Ibadan, the state capital, was the major flood-prone area in the state due to the vulnerability of the city to rivers while urban flooding was induced by the city’s topographic terrain.

“It is in the light if this that the government has expressed its unreserved commitment to the full implementation of the IUFMP, the state-owned flood risk mitigation project with funding and technical assistance from the World Bank,” 

Ayoola said.

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