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.
A ghastly motor accident which occurred along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, on Friday morning, led to the death of at least 6 individuals.
The accident was reportedly caused by a collision between a moving truck and a faulty truck, which was parked on the expressway. Other vehicles involved in the accident were badly damaged.
One of the vehicles involved was a “mini-truck carrying labour hands to a building site”, an eyewitness said.
One female survivor, who was pulled out from under a truck, was rushed to a hospital near 7up, and then to the Gbagada General hospital for further treatment.
Motorists were trapped in a traffic jam as all vehicles involved in the accident had caused a complete blockage on the road.
Security agencies including the FRSC, Nigeria Police, Army had stormed the area to salvage the situation.
Channels Television’s correspondent, Nneota Egbe, who was at the scene of the accident said that many eyewitnesses had been in shock. He also reported that there had been about two other accidents on the same road, which were largely caused by impatience.
Questions concerning lighting on the expressway have been raised, following the accident which happened in the early hours of the morning.
Also, authorities have been called to ensure the road worthiness of vehicles in order to avert such occurrences.