ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has urged the Independent Petroleum Marketers to upgrade their safety standards in line with global best practice inconveying petroleum products.
He stated this at the Transport Service Providers’ Training Workshop heldat the Head Office of Oando in Apapa, Lagos.Oyeyemi warned against compromising the safety standard on the altar of profit making.
According to him, Nigeria has reached a stage where all stakeholders musttake issues of road safety serious by observing the safety standards setto guarantee safety of lives and property.He expressed dissatisfaction that most of the crashes involving tankers and trailers in the country were avoidable as the vehicles were old,mechanically dysfunctional while the drivers were poorlytrained with some having poor eye sight and attitudes that see roadcrashes from fatalistic beliefs.
The Corps Marsha called on stakeholders to come together to demonstratecommitment to issues of road safety by adopting scientific safety measuresin their operations.
“It is unprecedented in the history of this country that the number oftanker/trailer crashes as well as casualties that were recorded this yearever happened. In June 2015, we recorded 16 crashes involvingtankers/trailers, while that of Onitsha alone claimed 49 lives. The othercrashes that occurred in Lagos and other parts of the country not onlyclaimed precious lives, but destroyed houses and vehicles in the infernothat threw the entire nation into state of mourning,” Oyeyemi said.
He called on stakeholders in the transport industry to join hands with theFRSC to tackle the challenges of road safety in support of the developmentefforts of the present administration.
“Every major Petroleum Marketer must endeavour to key into the Road Transport Standardisation Scheme of the FRSC and ensure that their drivers are subjected to regular training and retraining programmes to improve their knowledge of modern driving techniques. This has become imperativein view of the need to keep our roads free of carnage while the governmentis working assiduously to revitalise the railway system in the country,”Oyeyemi added.
– CAJ News