Ogun govt, speaker, condole tanker explosion victims’ families, call for regulations

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The Ogun State Government has extended its condolence to the families of those who lost their lives in the tanker explosion that occurred in the early hours of Tuesday around new Kara market Ogere axis of the Lagos/Ibadan expressway.

In the incident, two persons were recorded to have died while 13 vehicles were burnt.

The Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele who led a government delegation to the scene commended officials of fire service and road management agencies for responding promptly to the emergency, which had helped limit the tragic loss of lives.

She, however, urged motorists to always obey traffic rules, promising that the state government would do its best to resolve the gridlock on that axis speedily.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo assessing the recurring of such incidents on the highways in the state, called for the re-introduction of functional laws and regulations to curb the excesses of articulated drivers with a view to reducing road accidents.

Oluomo stated this when he also led other lawmakers on an on-the-spot-assessment visit to the accident scene.

The Speaker while pointing out the need to legislate for the re-introduction of designated time at night for the articulated trucks to ply all categories of roads in the state, with effective monitoring of their activities by Federal and State-owned road traffic and safety agencies; cautioned the drivers to desist from practices that could expose other road users to danger.

He sought for the implementation of more government infrastructure development in terms of road, trailer parks within the corridor and road signage to ensure a seemless operation for the restricted time especially, night time operations.

Commending the traffic and security formations for their immediate response to the accident, Oluomo noted that the ninth Assembly remained committed to partnering with necessary stakeholders towards ensuring safety of all road users.

Earlier in his remarks, the State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ahmed Umar, intimated the lawmakers that six tankers, five trucks and two cars were destroyed in the explosion with fatalities recorded.

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