The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Nigeria, Boboye Oyeyemi, says the agency would enforce speed limit regulations to reduce road accidents.
Mr Oyeyemi said that the commission had put together training for tanker drivers and that by September 1 the agency would ensure full compliance to the use of a speed limit device.
According to him, the Federal Government is doing its best to fix vandalised pipelines and the refineries to reduce the cluster around the Apapa road and the amount of tankers on the road.
Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Friday, the FRSC boss said most tankers on the road were over 30 years of age and that only multi-national companies could purchase new ones which cost up to 30 million Naira.
On why tanker drivers spill products when involved in accident, he said it was because the safety valve that the tanker is supposed to have was missing.
“In developed countries trailers do crash but they don’t spill the products but here in Nigeria, the products spill because the safety valve is missing.”
He said that the FRSC had engaged the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) for the release of guidelines for the required standard.
He also stated that the tankers being made in Nigeria lacked safety valve and should be fixed before the tanker loads.
The FRSC boss emphasised that all tankers that do not have the safety valve should not be allowed to load.
The Assistant Corp Marshall, Federal Road Safety Corp Zone 5, Charles Nse Akpabio, has said that he would be championing a campaign against night travel by commercial vehicles especially in the months which make up the last quarter of the year popularly called ‘ember months’.
He made this known on Channels Television’s Saturday breakfast show, Sunrise, adding that victims of accidents which occur at night “may not be able to get rescue immediately.”
“The stretch of the corridor from Owerri, to Okada, to Benin, and from Benin to Asaba, the drivers on that road over speed a lot,” he said.
The marshall alongside the new sector commander for Lagos state, Chidi Uwkwanta, said there has been a general improvement all over the country as regards safety of commuters.
“There have been less amount of accidents in the year as a result of the intensity of activities carried out by the agency,” he said, adding that the Special Intervention Patrol which is a home-grown initiative was created to curb the spate of accidents, especially on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Mr Akpabio also disclosed that commercial vehicle owners and operators in the country would soon be mandated to install speed limiting devices in their vehicles as part of the agency’s measures to curb over speeding.
The new initiative which was launched on September 4th in Abuja will be promoted all over country via aggressive awareness campaign by all officers of the agency.