In the face of the frequent cases of road traffic crashes involving petroleum tankers and trucks leading to wanton destruction of lives and property in the country, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has directed measures strategic stakeholders are to take to curb such crisis.
At the meeting held on Monday at the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), National Headquarters Abuja, the Corps Marshal of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, represented the SGF.
According to the press release made available to HSENations and signed by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, the meeting which had in attendance, Executive Secretaries of MOMAN and NARTO and Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation took some far-reaching resolutions aimed at tackling the menace of petroleum tanker crashes in the country.
Kazeem disclosed that the meeting recommends that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) considers securing a Presidential Directive for urgent intervention in the provision of soft loans for truck renewal, using a similar template as applicable to pharmaceutical companies and other sectors of the economy at the peak of COVID-19.
He added that as a long term solution to the safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation of petroleum products across the country, the meeting stressed the need for NNPC to re-activate failed and vandalized pipelines in the country 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 liters of petroleum products by trucks operating from the Tank Farms across the country,” he said.
Kazeem further disclosed that the meeting resolved that enforcement of all safety standards including anti-skid, anti-rollover, and anti-spill (safety valves) be prioritised within a given time frame as outlined in the similar communiqué reached in 2018.
He said, “Government to 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, according to him was that FRSC, MOMAN, and NARTO are to organise a joint enlightenment campaign for articulated vehicle drivers including production and placement of jingles in different languages on radio and television stations, production of handbills, and also convene a press conference within two weeks
The resolutions were endorsed on behalf of the relevant stakeholders by Clement Isong and Aloga Ogbogo, Executive Secretaries of MOMAN and NARTO respectively, and the Corps Marshal of FRSC.
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