Reports by the Nation newspaper has revealed that more than 120 Nigerians have died from accidents involving fuel tankers and articulated vehicles than dreaded diseases.
It however added that in 8 months, 45 of tanker drivers have died in road crashes.
According to the National President of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Aches Igwe, he blamed the deaths on poor state of the roads.
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He also admitted that some of the accidents were avoidable.
“We are passing through bad roads and several other dangers on the roads. Tears came down the eyes of membership of this union recently because between January and now, we have lost about 45 drivers. So, we cannot fold our hands to watch this tragedy continue to happen to us” he said.
On their part, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has been trying to curb the tanker drivers’ menace.
The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer Boboye Oyeyemi insisted: “The September 1, the implementation of speed limiters in all trailers and tankers in this country will begin, and we are going to enforce it to the later.
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“So, it is expected that by September 1, drivers and owners of this category of vehicles would have fixed this device in their vehicle or forget about plying them on the road.”
The report further revealed that No fewer than 537 drivers of heavy duty vehicles were arrested and prosecuted for reckless driving between July 27 and 31.
Read the full report on the nation here
Meanwhile, Femi Gbajabialmila, the majority leader at the Federal House of Representatives, has condemned the tanker accident in his constituency, noting that that it was an avoidable incident.