Fire Breaks Out At Lebanon Fuel Storage Facilities

Smoke billows from a huge fire in one of the tanks at the Zahrani oil facility in southern Lebanon on October 11, 2021,

 

Firefighters in Lebanon Monday battled to contain a fire at key fuel storage facilities, AFP correspondents and the National News Agency said, sparking alarm as the country grapples with dire hydrocarbon shortages.

The fire broke out at around 8.00am (0500 GMT) in a tank containing petrol belonging to the army at the Zahrani facilities some 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Beirut, the National News Agency and local media said.

There was no immediate report of casualties.

A judicial source said an expert had been tasked with investigating the cause of the fire, but had been unable to approach the tank as the blaze still raged.

An AFP photographer saw flames lick up above the storage tank on fire, and huge plumes of dark smoke billowing into the sky.

Firemen worked to cool down the nearby tanks to prevent the fire from spreading.

Smoke billows from a huge fire in one of the tanks at the Zahrani oil facility in southern Lebanon on October 11, 2021, sparking alarm as the country grapples with dire hydrocarbon shortages.

 

The army cordoned off the area, cutting off roads leading to the facilities as well as the main highway linking Beirut to the country’s south, the photographer said.

– ‘Loud bang’ –
A worker in a plantation near the facilities told AFP he had heard a loud bang before the fire broke out.

The Zahrani facilities also include the power plant of the same name, and provide 15 percent of the country’s fuel oil.

The Mediterranean nation is battling one of the planet’s worst economic crises since the 1850s, and has in recent months struggled to import enough fuel oil for its power plants.

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In recent months, Lebanese have only received one or two hours of state electricity a day.

The fire comes after the electricity grid went completely offline on Saturday.

That outage came after two key power plants, including the one in Zahrani, ran out of fuel.

By Sunday limited supply was back after the army provided gas oil.

Most Lebanese saw no major change to their daily lives during the blackout, as those who can afford it have already subscribed to private generators to keep the lights on during the almost round-the-clock power cuts.

Petrol has also been in short supply, forcing motorists to queue for hours outside gas stations to fill up their tank.

FG To Retain Fuel Price In June, Asks Nigerians To Avoid Panic Buying

A fuel station in Lagos sells petrol at N162 per litre.

 

There will be no increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, in the month of June, the Federal Government has assured Nigerians.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, gave the assurance in a statement on Friday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He noted that while the decision of the government was in contradiction to the present situation in the petroleum markets, it remained committed to its engagement with the organised labour.

“Once again, it has become necessary to assure Nigerians that despite the huge burden of under-recovery, the Federal Government is not in a hurry to increase the price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) to reflect the current market realities.

“The current price of petrol will be retained in the month of June until the ongoing engagement with organised labour is concluded,” the minister stated.

A file photo of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.

 

He explained that the clarification became necessary in the light of recent reports regarding the resolution of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to increase the pump price of petrol.

Sylva warned petroleum product marketers in the country against engaging in any activities that could jeopardise the seamless supply and distribution system presently in place.

He also appealed to the people in various parts of the country to remain calm and avoid panic buying of the product.

“The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has enough stock of petroleum products to keep the nation wet,” the minister said.

Another Worry For Nigerians

Despite the assurance that the government would retain the price of petrol, Nigerians are concerned about the proposed increase of the electricity tariff for June.

This led to the resolution by the House of Representatives calling on the Federal Government to direct the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to rescind its decision on the proposed increment in view of the hard times Nigerians were going through.

 

A member of the House, Aniekan Umanah, had raised a motion during Thursday’s plenary that the nation’s electricity regulator should suspend the proposed increase in electricity tariff.

He faulted the decision to increase the electricity tariff at a time when Nigerians were going through hard times and governments all over the world were providing means to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Umanah decried that NERC, working with the distribution companies, had increased the tariff five times since 2015, the latest being on January 1, 2021.

Following a series of deliberations on the motion, the lawmakers mandated the House Committees on Power, Poverty Alleviation, as well as Labour, Employment and Productivity to ensure compliance with the resolution.

Panic Buying In Kaduna As Long Fuel Queues Surface

A screengrab taken on May 16, 2021, shows some cars on a queue at a filling station in Kaduna State.

 

Long queues have surfaced at petrol stations in various parts of Kaduna State, especially in the metropolis and other surrounding towns.

Motorists besieged filling stations on Sunday in what can be described as panic buying of fuel ahead of the planned industrial action by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its affiliate unions in the state.

When Channels Television monitored the situation in the state capital, many petrol stations did not open for business on Sunday.

The few ones that opened, however, operated only one or two pumps – a situation that sent the residents into a panic mood.

While some motorists found it difficult to buy fuel into cars and jerrycans, many spent over four hours in queues at petrol stations without getting the product.

This led to a situation where some petrol stations and black marketers took advantage of motorists to exploit them, putting the petrol pump price at about N172 per litre.

Some of the residents have described the development as very worrisome, saying the situation would be worse on Monday when the labour unions shut down activities in the state.

This screengrab taken on May 16, 2021, shows some cars on a queue at a filling station in Kaduna State.

 

Following the lingering dispute between the state government and labour union, the NLC had directed a total withdrawal of services to Kaduna by workers for five days in the first instance, from Sunday.

In compliance with the directive, the national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) asked its members in the state to down tools from the set date.

The union accused the state government of taking anti-labour actions, noting its decision to embark on a mass sack of teachers and other civil servants in the state.

It also alleged that the government has refused to implement the new minimum wage, as provided for in the new minimum wage law.

Although the state government has since refuted the claims by the labour union, it announced in April that it would right-size its public service.

 

The government explained that the decision was necessary to enable it to cope with fiscal challenges and preserve its ability to use its resources for the entire state.

It noted that verification of personnel data was being conducted to determine the specific number of political appointees and civil servants that will be affected.

The government had also denied the allegations of anti-labour activities, stressing that workers have been receiving the new minimum wage since 2019.

Panic Buying Shuts Down US Gas Stations After Pipeline Hack

Gas stations display the price of gasoline in Leonia, N.J., Monday, May 10, 2021. (AFP/Seth Wenig)

 

 

Motorists frantically stocking up on gasoline caused more gas stations on the US east coast to close Wednesday, as the government rushed to free up supplies days after the country’s main fuel pipeline was shut down by a cyber attack. 

A dozen states ranging from Florida to Virginia declared a state of emergency, heightening the sense of panic among consumers who flocked to gas stations bearing fuel cans and even plastic trash bags to fill up.

A ransomware attack Friday on Colonial Pipeline forced the company to shut down its entire network, and it is not expected to be back online until the end of the week.

The company operates the largest US fuel conduit system in the United States, which sends gasoline and jet fuel from the Gulf Coast of Texas to the populous east coast through 5,500 miles (8,850 kilometers) of ducts that serve 50 million consumers.

The company said it is manually delivering fuel through some lateral lines, prioritizing delivery to areas least able to find alternative supplies.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday urged Americans to remain calm.

“We recognize the concern that is out there, and that’s why we haven’t wasted any time to get into action,” he told reporters at the White House. “Hoarding does not make things better.”

The Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have eased regulations on transporting fuel and temporarily waived clean air rules throughout the affected states to try to ease the supply crunch.

But panic buying was causing thousands of stations to run dry, according to gas price tracking site GasBuddy — which itself was crashing under the volume of new users.

“It’s crazy, but we got to deal with it,” a customer who gave her name as Vanita told AFP as she filled up her car in Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday.

– Don’t use trash bags –
Those few stations with fuel available on Wednesday saw long lines of cars waiting to fill up.

In Florida, 73 percent of stations in the Pensacola area were out of fuel, according to GasBuddy analyst Patrick De Haan.

In North Carolina’s Raleigh-Durham area, seven out of 10 stations ran out of gas, as did six in 10 around Georgia’s capital, Atlanta.

About 45 percent of stations in Virginia were empty and gasoline was also starting to become scarce in Washington DC, where 8 percent of stations had run out, according GasBuddy data.

“The public perception is: if it’s so bad a situation that our governors have to declare a state of emergency, it must be really bad and I need to go fill up,” said Andy Lipow, of consulting firm of Lipow Oil Associates.

“As a result we’ve seen demand at the service stations two and three times the normal which exacerbates the situation,” he said.

US average gasoline prices rose to close to $3 a gallon for the first time since November 2014, according to the American Automobile Association.

And as shortages become more widespread, “Unfortunately it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” Lipow said.

Supplies are running low and Colonial Pipeline’s competitor Plantation Pipeline has about one-third of the capacity.

Amid the panic, pictures emerged on social media of motorists filling buckets and even trash bags with gasoline and loading them into their cars.

Buttigieg joined the US Consumer Product Safety Commission in urging drivers to use caution.

“Now is the time to be safe and sensible,” Buttigieg said, adding that “under no circumstances should gasoline ever be put into anything but a vehicle directly or an approved container.”

CSPC on Twitter warn of potential “deadly consequences.”

“Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline. We know this sounds simple, but when people get desperate they stop thinking clearly,” the agency said.

Outburst Over Fuel Price Increase Understandable But Misplaced, Says NNPC GMD

 

The Group Marketing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has dismissed the criticism that followed the recent fuel price increase.

“The outburst is very understandable but I also believe very strongly that it is misplaced because Nigerians are not aware of the opportunities lost,” he said during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday.

According to Kyari, the issue of subsidy has been a big issue in the country for many years but the government can no longer afford it because of the economic issues facing the country.

“And not only that, every corruption that you are aware of in the downstream industry is one way or the other connected to fuel subsidy,” the NNPC boss added.

Kyari is the latest government official to defend the decision to fully halt subsidy, a decision that saw the price of fuel surge from N48/litre to N60-61/litre drawing criticism from organised labour, the opposition and many Nigerians.

 

 

But the NNPC boss insists it is the right decision.

“It requires courage to make this decision, I can share this with you. Only a Buhari regime can make this decision,” he said, insisting the move would pay off in the long run.

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According to the NNPC boss, contrary to what most people believe, subsidy is something that is beneficial only to the rich, not the average man.

“The subsidy in itself, is by every means an elitist thing and I can share this with you. It is only the elite that will have three, four, five cars in their houses, fill their tanks and also feel comfortable doing this.

“The ordinary man is not the beneficiary. First, he loses in infrastructure, hospitals are not built, schools are not built and ultimately, the brunt of the corruption in the downstream sector will be transferred to the ordinary man. So, overall, you lose everything.

“It is very understandable for people to get angry that prices have gone up. Just like the prices of every commodity, when it goes up, there can be difficulties and challenges that people will naturally face but once prices go up, the other natural thing that must happen is that your income needs to increase so that you are able to procure the things that are now delivered at higher prices.

“You can’t do this anywhere in the world if there is no productivity.

“And there will be no productivity except there is growth in infrastructural development, industries are able to work, therefore, there is a connection between production and consumption. What subsidy does is to remove that connection.

“When people get angry, this is coming from people who, practically are not aware of this situation and they are not aware of the loss that they have and most importantly they are being engineered into making those statements, and we understand this perfectly.

“We are the national oil company, it’s our role to ensure energy security. But you can’t do this until you are able to deliver cost. And that cost is lost daily as prices of crude oil goes up and you are unable to do many things”.

Plans for refineries

On the state of the nation’s refinery, Mr Kyari explained that plans are on the way to rehabilitate the four major refineries to maximum capacity.

According to him, this plan is expected to place Nigeria as the world’s biggest exporter of oil in the next three years.

Fuel price was increased on Wednesday last week for the second time this year after being reduced to N123.50 in April as coronavirus-induced lockdowns crashed global oil prices.

As economies across the world reopened and the price bounced back, the retail price in Nigeria shot back up to N148 in August before the latest increase.

Although the increase in fuel price has sparked outrage with various groups holding nationwide protests across the country, the Federal Government has stood by its decision.

On Tuesday, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) said it was no longer going to be releasing price bands for the sale of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS/petrol) at filling stations.

The agency reiterated that the price will now be fully based on the forces of demand and supply.

“It is based on bargain power,” the General Manager (Admin and Human Resources) of the PPPRA, Victor Shidok, said. “It is based on where you source your products.”

However, he noted that the government will ensure customers are protected from price-gouging and other ills associated with free markets.

“You could have a regulator that always stand and remain a watchdog to see how these forces are being played out, how the interest if both operators and consumers are being taken care of,” he said.

If We Truly Deregulated, Then Fuel Prices Should Have Dropped – Atiku

 

Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election, Atiku Abubakar, has frowned at the sudden increment of the pump price of petrol by the Nigerian government.

Atiku in a tweet on Tuesday said the hike in fuel price does not in any way support certain claims regarding deregulation in Nigeria.

According to Atiku, his view on the matter stems from his experience as a businessman who is seeing things from an economic perspective.

The elder statesman argued that in the US and Europe, fuel prices are far lower than they were in 2019, adding that if Nigeria truly deregulated, then fuel prices should have dropped.

Petrol stations across the country increased the price of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, on Thursday, September 3.

The prices ranged from N155 and N162 per litre, Channels Television correspondents across the country observed.

The increase was triggered after the product’s depot price was increased on Wednesday from N138.62 to N151.56, according to an internal memo from the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC).

In its Memo, the PPMC which is a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), stated that the new product price adjustment will take effect from September 2.

However, it did not state the Expected Open Market Price of the commodity.

The fuel price hike stirred various reactions in different quarters across the country.

In his reaction to the increment, President Muhammadu Buhari blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for the hike.

He explained that the outbreak led to a downturn in Nigeria’s finances, making it difficult for the Federal Government to pay for fuel subsidy at this time.

For President Buhari, the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected economies globally, has compelled the government to make some adjustments which he described as far-reaching.

Although he admitted that such reviews would cause some initial pain for the people, he insisted that they were necessary for the long-term gains.

In a similar vein, the Minister of Petroleum Resources (State), Mr Timipre Sylva has explained the deregulation of the petroleum subsector will be difficult for a while but pay off on the long run.

Mr Sylva said this on Thursday, September 3, during a briefing in Abuja and noted that the government no longer controls the price of the product.

According to him, the Nigerian government spends over a trillion naira yearly as a subsidy payment, explaining that the high cost forced the government to allow market forces to determine the prices of the product.

The former Bayelsa Governor noted that the current price of petrol is a reflection of the global crude oil price, adding that the Federal Government is not working on any kind of policy to cushion the effect of the deregulation. Instead, it is introducing alternatives to petrol.

Mr Sylva revealed that the alternatives include Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and it will be rolled out by the end of the month.

Stating further, Mr Sylva said that the Department of Petroleum Resources will engage marketers to upgrade their facilities to be able to dispense the alternatives.

Opposition rejects hike in fuel price

The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has rejected the reported increase in the pump price of fuel from N148 to N151.56.

Minority Leader of the House, Ndidu Elumelu, made the position of the lawmakers known in a statement on Wednesday.

He described the announced price as unacceptable, saying it would result in an increase in the already high cost of consumer goods and services, as well as worsen the current economic hardship being suffered by Nigerians.

“The minority caucus in the House of Representatives rejects the announced increase in the pump price of fuel,” the lawmaker stated.

He added, “This is because such increase will directly result in more hardship on our citizens, particularly at this critical time when a majority of Nigerians across the country are struggling to survive under the burden of the high cost of living and low purchasing power occasioned by the prevailing economic challenges.

“Any increase in the cost of an essential commodity like fuel will, therefore, bring more hardship to the people and as such should not be contemplated.”

A file photo of the House of Representatives Minority Leader, Ndudim Elumelu.

According to the minority leader, the opposition lawmakers are challenging the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to rather come up with strategies that will lead to decrease and not increase in the cost of domestic fuel.

He stressed that it was important for the government to revamp the nation’s refineries, instead of resorting to fuel price increase at the detriment of Nigerians.

Elumelu, therefore, directed the PPMC to immediately rescind the purported announcement and revert to the former price, with a view to further reviewing it downward.

Petrol Price Increase: Why Nigeria Cannot Afford Fuel Subsidy – Buhari

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, by oil marketers in the country.

He explained why the country has found itself in such a situation, as well as why the Federal Government cannot afford to pay fuel subsidy at this time.

The President gave the explanation on Monday at the first-year Ministerial Performance Review Retreat which held at the Conference Centre of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

“There are several negative consequences if the government should resume the business of fixing or subsidising PMS prices. First of all, it would mean a return to the costly subsidy regime,” said President Buhari who was represented at the event by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

He added, “Today, we have 60 per cent less revenues; we just cannot afford the cost. The second danger is the potential return of fuel queues – which has, thankfully, become a thing of the past under this administration.

“Nigerians no longer have to endure long queues just to buy petrol, often at highly inflated prices.

“Also, as I hinted earlier, there is no provision for fuel subsidy in the revised 2020 budget, simply because we are not able to afford it, if reasonable provisions must be made for health, education and other social services. We now have no choice.”

The President’s explanation comes against the backdrop of the outrage triggered by the increase in the pump price of petrol – one which was widely condemned by various individuals and groups in the country.

While the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) reviewed the ex-depot price of petrol from N138.62 to N151.56 per litre in September, a majority of oil marketers were selling above N160 per litre.

A fuel station in Lagos sells petrol at N162 per litre.

The Long-Term Gains

For President Buhari, the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected economies globally, has compelled the government to make some adjustments which he described as far-reaching.

Although he admitted that such reviews would cause some initial pain for the people, he insisted that they were necessary for the long-term gains.

“As you all know, when oil prices collapsed at the height of the global lockdown, we deregulated the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) such that the benefit of lower prices was passed to consumers.

“This was welcome by all and sundry. The effect of regulation though is that PMS prices will change with changes in global oil prices. This means, quite regrettably, that as oil prices recover, we would see some increases in PMS prices,” he stated.

A file photo of an attendant filling the fuel tank of a car.

 

The President, however, gave an assurance that the government would remain alert to its responsibilities.

According to him, the role of the government now is to prevent marketers from raising prices arbitrarily or exploiting citizens.

President Buhari stressed that this was why the PPRA made the announcement last week to set the range of price that must not be exceeded by marketers.

“The advantage we now have is that anyone can bring in petroleum products and compete with marketers, that way the price of petrol will keep coming down,” he said.

PDP Rejects Fuel Price Hike, Says APC ‘Lacks Human Sympathy’

No Need For Panic Buying, Over 1bln Litres Of Petrol In Stock – NNPC
File photo

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the increase in the price of petrol from N123 to N143.80 per litre.

In a statement on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party described the increase as a punishment to Nigerians given the prevailing economic hardship in the country.

“The party described the hike, despite the decline in the price of crude oil in the international market, as grossly unjustifiable and further exposes the insincerity of the APC and its administration,” the party said.

It added, “The PDP notes that in directing a fuel price increase at the time Nigerians are facing the economic and social trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration shows a total lack of human feelings to the plights of our citizens.

“Our party challenges the APC-led Federal Government to present to Nigerians, the indices and parameters it used to determine the price increase, which obviously cannot be in tandem with the prevalent situation in the global industry.”

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The party claimed that the actions of the APC administration have confirmed that it has never been pro-poor but only relished in imposing hardship and heavy taxes on already impoverished Nigerians.

It also accused the administration of running an over-bloated government through which resources meant for the welfare of Nigerians were frittered by corrupt officials.

“Under the APC, Nigerians have been subjected to untold hardship, which is worsened by excruciating taxes, including a 7.5 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on essential commodities and services, increased electricity tariff, obnoxious Stamp Duty and other levies on bank transactions.

“It is shocking that the APC government has continued to impose more burdens that have made life unbearable to our citizens, many of whom have lost their means of livelihood due to the misrule of the APC,” the statement said.

According to the PDP, the present administration has turned Nigeria into the poverty capital of the world and is worsening the situation with an increase in fuel price rather than seeking ways to stimulate the economy.

It, therefore, advised the Presidency to save resources by immediately cutting the size of its government and recover the purported over N14 trillion stolen oil money.

The PDP also asked the government to immediately reverse the pump price of fuel to a price not exceeding N90 per litre, given the templates in the price of crude oil in the international market.

FG Increases Fuel Pump Price To N143

Report Any Station Selling Petrol Above N145, NNPC Tells Nigerians

 

The Federal Government has increased the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol from N140.80 to N143.80 per litre.

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) announced the increment in a statement issued by its Executive Secretary, Abdulkadir Saidu on Wednesday.

“After a review of the prevailing market fundamentals in the month of June and considering marketers’ realistic operating costs, as much as practicable, we wish to advise a new PMS pump price band of N140.80 – N143.80 per litre for the month of July 2020,” the statement read.

“All marketers are advised to operate within the indicative prices as advised by the PPPRA.”

In April, the Federal Government had announced a reduction of the petrol pump to N123.50 per litre.

DPR Threatens To Sanction Filling Stations Selling PMS Above N125

The acting operation controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Malam Aminu Sanusi has cautioned filling stations against selling fuel above N125.

 

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Katsina State has threatened to sanction any filling station found selling the product above the government regulated price of N125.

The acting Controller of Operations in the state,  Malam Aminu Sanusi stated this on Monday while briefing reporters shortly after a tour to four filling stations in the state capital to ensure total compliance.

According to him, the agency uses the Seraphin can to measure petrol dispensed by filling stations who might want to engage in fraudulent activities.

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The DPR boss explained that there are a lot of sanctions at his disposal to be meted out to defaulters, stressing that there will be sacred cow.

“Any defaulter, we have a lot of protocol of sanctions that we do to any defaulter. If we find out that you are still selling above the pump price, there are sanctions.

“Each pump that we find you are selling above the government regulated price, we are going to charge you N100, 000 per pump.

“So if you have 10 pumps and they are all selling above pump price, you will have to pay N1million, depending on the number of pumps that we catch selling above the price,” he stated.

Speaking on surveillance, he noted that the agency has been monitoring stations diligently, stressing that nobody will be allowed to surcharge the public.

While acknowledging that the state had since complied with the new Federal Government’s directive, he assured that no petroleum marketer will be allowed to violate it.

His warning comes five days after the Federal Government had approved the reduction of the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), from N145 with immediate effect.

The move for the reduction of fuel price is against the backdrop of the crash in crude oil prices globally.

Anambra Govt Restricts Movement Of Fuel-Laden Trucks

A file photo of tankers.

 

 

The Anambra State government has restricted the time which vehicles laden with petroleum products can move in the state.

The Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment in the state, Mr Don Adinuba, announced this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Friday.

He explained that the decision followed the incessant collapse of trucks carrying petroleum products in the state recently, including the latest which happened in Onitsha on Thursday.

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Adinuba stated, “With effect from Saturday, November 2, 2019, such vehicles can be allowed to move within Anambra State from only 8pm to 5am.

“The restriction is to enable agencies like the Anambra State Fire Service, the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Civil Defence the Anambra Traffic Management Agency and indeed all other security, law enforcement, and safety agencies to respond effectively and in good time to emergencies created by such accidents which sometimes result in conflagrations, as was the case in Onitsha on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, when a tanker laded with a petroleum product fell on the Enugu-Onitsha Highway and caused a fire that spread up to Ochanga Market through the open drainage,” he added.

The government has directed the Anambra State Police Command and all other security agencies in the state to swing into action.

According to the commissioner, the security agencies are to “religiously enforce” the restriction order on the movement of trucks carrying petroleum products in the state.

They were also asked to ensure that such vehicles do not exceed the speed limit of 90 kilometres per hour in all parts of the state.

“Any violation of either the time restriction order or the speed limit will be punished accordingly.

“The protection of the life and asset of every person in Anambra State cannot be compromised,” Adinuba warned.

He, however, urged oil marketers, workers, tanker drivers and concerned persons among other stakeholders in the downstream oil sector to bear with the state government.

The commissioner asked them to adhere to the regulation which he noted was made strictly in the overriding interest of the public.

Fuel Spills As Tanker, Truck Collide In Lagos

Photo combination of the truck and fuel-laden tanker in a collision and emergency service operators at the scene.

 

An accident involving a truck and petrol laden tanker on Friday resulted in fuel spillage at Akin Adesola intersection, Lagos Island.

According to the official handle of the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) on Twitter, the road was closed and traffic diverted in order to forestall further accidents.

“Please note that there is an incident involving a Dangote truck and PMS laden truck. They rammed into each other before Km 0 (Akin Adesola intersection) coming from Bonny camp. The Pms is spilled on the road. The road has been closed and traffic has been diverted atm.

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“All relevant agencies are at the site. Fire service is on ground flushing the spilled PMS in the drain atm. From reports, the PMS is no longer leaking but we will confirm again. Traffic from Bonny Camp on the eastbound has been diverted into Kofo Abayomi through Akin Adesola.

“Motorists are advised to use alternative routes,” LCC tweeted.

The situation was brought under control by emergency service operatives at the scene of the accident who flushed the leaking fuel into the drain.

The trailer was eventually driven off the location and truck towed off the road.