June 12, 2024

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Curbing Tanker Explosions On Nigerian Roads: FRSC Corps Marshal Deepens Consultation, Steps Up Enforcement Against Speed Violations

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Perturbed by the increasing number of explosions involving cargoes, particularly tankers conveying inflammable products on Nigerian roads, the Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Shehu Mohammed has commenced deep rooted stakeholders consultations to ensure strict compliance with maximum safety requirements, especially the installation of speed limit device.

Shehu stated this in the wake of the fatal road traffic crash that involved a Mazda saloon car and a tanker conveying gas that exploded and went into flames, killing 2 people and destroying properties on Obirikwerre bridge on the East-West road in Rivers State on Tuesday, 4 June, 2024 at 0800HRS.

FRSC report on preliminary investigation carried out by the emergency rescue teams deployed to the scene of the crash revealed that the crash which was caused by speed violation involved a total of 5 people. While 2 were killed, the remaining 3 were rescued without injury.

Expectedly, as part of concerted proactive measures put in place to mitigate this avoidable road carnage, the Corps Marshal also directed Sector Commanders to intensify enforcement on installation of speed limit device as well as enhance awareness campaigns.

He emphasised that while carrying out enforcement, they must amongst other things ascertain that these category of vehicles comply with the policy on installation of speed limit device, safety valves (anti spill), and other necessary safety components.

This directive is in line with the 6 United Nations conventions acceded to by the Federal Road Safety Corps, especially the agreement on international carriage of dangerous goods by road.

Shehu commiserated with the families of the bereaved praying God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

Signed:

Olusegun Ogungbemide, mni, FISPON

Corps Commander

Corps Public Education Officer

FRSC Headquarters

Abuja