FG, stakeholders adopt measures to curb petroleum tanker crashes – FRSC

FG, stakeholders adopt measures to curb petroleum tanker crashes – FRSC

The Federal Government and strategic stakeholders have taken measures to curb accidents involving petroleum tankers across the country.

 

The FRSC Public Education Officer, ACM Bisi Kazeem, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

 

The resolutions were reached at the meeting of the Major Oil Marketers of Nigeria (MOMAN) and the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) during a workshop on Sept. 24 in Abuja.

 

Kazeem said that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, had directed that a meeting of strategic stakeholders be held on Monday.

 

He said that the SGF was represented at the meeting by the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, while the Executive Secretaries of MOMAN and NARTO were also in attendance.

 

Kazeem said that the Federal Government and the stakeholders took some far-reaching resolutions aimed at tackling the menace of petroleum tanker crashes in the country.

 

He disclosed that the meeting recommended that the SGF should consider securing a presidential directive for urgent intervention as to the provision of soft loans for truck renewal.

 

He added that the proposed intervention would be using a template that was akin to the one used for pharmaceutical companies and other sectors of the economy at the peak of COVID-19 pandemic.

 

He stressed that it would also serve as a long-term solution that would facilitate the safe, efficient and sustainable transportation of petroleum products across the country.

 

He said that the meeting underscored the need for Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to re-activate failed and vandalised fuel pipelines across the country, so as to reduce the burden on the transportation of petroleum products by road.

 

“Members further called for a timeline to be set for the enforcement of the maximum load capacity of 45,000 litres of petroleum products by trucks operating from the tank farms across the country,” he added.

 

The ACM disclosed that the meeting resolved that enforcement of all safety standards including anti-skid, anti-rollover and anti-spill be prioritised within a given timeframe, as outlined in a similar communique reached in 2018.

 

“Government should consider issuing directives on enforcement of the 10-year policy on importation of trucks, so that any articulated vehicle that is beyond 10 years of age should not be allowed into the country.

 

“Part of the resolutions were that FRSC, MOMAN and NARTO are to organise a joint enlightenment campaign for articulated vehicle drivers.

 

“This includes production and placement of jingles in different languages on radio and television stations, production of handbills and the convening of a press conference within two weeks,” he said.

The resolutions were endorsed on behalf of the relevant stakeholders by Mr Clement Isong and Aloga Ogbogo, Executive Secretaries of MOMAN and NARTO respectively and the FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye.

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