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Tanker drivers raise alarm over killer kerosene in Edo

By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—The Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union, Benin Depot, PTD, yesterday raised alarm over the presence of killer kerosene currently in circulation in the state.

The union has, however, set up a four-man monitoring committee headed by Chief Evans Emovon, to monitor the movement of the alleged killer kerosene.

State Chairman of PTD, Mr Godwin Asemota, who disclosed this  said that the union decided to set up the committee to prevent the killer kerosene from being circulated in Edo State,  even as he urged the committee to arrest any driver discharging kerosene suspected to be contaminated.

He said clearance must be obtained from the unit by  tanker drivers before any kerosene brought from outside the state is discharged. He said, “We don’t want killer kerosene in this state.

Always test the kerosene before discharging. All drivers must carry their manifest and waybill so that we don’t embarrass them.”

Asemota also disclosed that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, had given them a utility vehicle for the monitoring of pipelines against vandals

It will be recalled that in 2001, many people in the state capital, Benin, were victims of kerosene explosion, a situation that had rendered most of them handicapped for life.


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