PHOTOS: Diesel Tanker, Truck Crash At OPIC

 

Traffic built up gradually on Sunday around the OPIC end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway following an accident involving a truck and a diesel laden tanker.

The accident, which occurred in the evening, took place on the Lagos outbound lane of the highway.

Although no life was lost, the tanker conveying its content to Ibadan, Oyo State capital, and the truck going to Ibafo were said to have made contact while on motion.

The clash left the tanker with a chattered fuel tank, spilling its content on the road while the drivers of both vehicles exchanged blames.

However, men of the Nigeria Police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and Ogun State Traffic Control Agency (TRACE) were at the scene to control the building traffic and restore calm.

See more photos from the scene of the accident below:

Petrol Tanker Falls Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

A 33,000-litre capacity petrol tanker has fallen along the OPIC end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway at the boundary between Lagos and Ogun States.

The tanker spilled its highly flammable content, causing motorists and commuters to scamper for safety.

Emergency services have, however, been mobilised to the scene, and officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) have been diverting traffic away from the area of the crash.

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Consequently, there is a massive gridlock affecting both incoming and outbound traffic for Lagos commuters as vehicles have been diverted to alternative routes.

Eyewitnesses say the accident was caused by over-speeding on the part of the tanker driver.

Ogun Govt Aims At Improving Standard Of Living In Rural Areas

segun abiodunThe Special Adviser on Housing in Ogun State, Segun Abiodun, says one of the aims of the government is to ensure that residents living in the rural areas are able to work and maintain a good lifestyle in their comfort zone, instead of migrating to the urban areas.

“What we are trying to do is to transform those towns into livable zones,” she said.

Citing an example, she stated that the ministry was working on transforming Agbara into an industrial estate with the help of Opic, by developing housing units to support the industrial estate that the ministry was developing.

“You don’t have to travel outside Agbara to get the things that you need like good schools, hospitals and we are trying to develop good roads”.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, the Special Adviser mentioned that the drive of the government in terms of infrastructure wass to open up all rural areas. “We intend to open all rural areas in the state where you can find Ogun standard roads, which means, whatever we are doing can be seen anywhere in the world.”

She also stated that one of the focuses of the Ministry of Agriculture for the state was to have a “producing market” in the rural areas, instead of residents coming to the highway to buy food and other items. She noted that the housing sector in the state was the basis for which the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture could thrive.

She also said that some projects that would be unveiled at the forum included the development of the metro city; which is situated along the long bridge on the Lagos – Ibadan expressway.

She explained that the Ogun state government intended to turn the metrocity into a social economic environment, to invite investors into the state.