There was an isolated fire incident which occurred at a diesel storage tank farm situated in the vicinity of the BUA Cement factory in Sokoto.
The incident occurred whilst routine maintenance work was ongoing on one of the storage tanks by a third-party contractor.
“Immediately the incident occurred, our emergency management and mitigation services were alerted and an swift response activated, which prevented any escalation of the incident or damage to our main plant and equipment. We are however able to confirm the regrettable loss of 3 workers of the third-party contractor, who were in the immediate area of the incident,” BUA Cement said in a statement by Sada Suleiman
Assistant Director, Admin Services, sent to MoneyCentral.
“Whilst we are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the fire outbreak at the depot which had adequate safety and control mechanisms in place, members of the Federal Fire Service, State Fire Service, and our Fire department are working together to put the incident under total control.”
BUA Cement said that operations at the plant and production which were shut down in the aftermath of the incident as a precautionary and preventive measure, have since resumed at the factory – which was unaffected by the incident.