By Babajide Okeowo
The Marina, Lagos Headquarters of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has been razed by fire, The Matrix has learnt.
This development was announced in a statement signed by Olaseni Alakija, the General Manager Corporate and Strategic Communications.
He noted that the fire incident suspected to have been triggered by an electrical surge affected three offices on the 6th floor of the Broad Street wing of the agency’s headquarters.
The office of the Managing Director is also located on the 6th floor of the building.
The operatives of the NPA Fire Service were however immediately mobilized to the scene and promptly contained the fire.
“In line with safety protocols, the affected floor has since been cordoned off and investigations are ongoing to ascertain the actual cause of the fire.
” The fire affected one office where two desktops, tables, chairs, and other furniture were lost. Two other adjoining offices were affected by smoke and soot.
” The Management of the Authority appreciates the prompt response and professionalism of the Authority’s Fire service and security departments and wishes to assure all stakeholders and the general public that no sensitive documents were lost and normalcy has been restored and that our operations have not been disrupted in any way”, the statement declared.
This is the second time that the agency will be suffering a fire outbreak. Recall that a substantial part of the NPA headquarters, including the management’s car park, were torched by #ENDSARS protesters last October.