By Olasunkanmi Akoni and Monsur Olowoopejo
Determined to stop the recurring cases of fuel tankers in the state, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Monday, announced the setting up of a Committee, comprising of stakeholders to fashion out guidelines aimed at curbing the spates of incessant fuel tanker fires and traffic gridlocks by articulated vehicles in the state.
It will be recalled that Ambode had summoned a stakeholders meeting to look at ways of preventing future occurrence when he visited the scene of last Friday Midnight Idumu-Egbe petroleum tanker explosion where over 70 shops, 34 houses were destroyed by inferno caused by fuel tankers.
The committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Mr Tunji Bello, is expected to submit its reports and recommendation to the governor within two weeks.
The governor announced this during an emergency meeting at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja with petroleum, transport union leaders, road safety officials and other stakeholders.
After listening to contributions from leaders of various unions and safety officials, Ambode said, “The state government has resolved to set up a committee that will be chaired by the SSG and will have as its members the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transportation, Special Duties, Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps,, Director of the Fire Service, Representatives of the Association of Maritime Truck owners, AMATO, National Union of Petroleum Energy and Natural Gas, NUPENG, National Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO,, Chief Executive Officer of Lagos Driver’s Institute, Petroleum Tanker Drivers, Lagos State Traffic management Authority, LASTMA.”
Ambode explained that the mandate of the committee is to examine the immediate and remote causes of the tanker explosions that occurred in the last one week.
According to him, “The committee will also prepare guidelines on ethical conducts for tankers and other truck advisers in the state.
“The committee will engage the insurance industry and relevant stakeholders to meet and workout appropriate insurance policy that will protect the masses in whatever havoc caused by future tanker explosions in the state.
“I believe that we have created the platform to provide immediate relief for those who have affected by the inferno even as we wait for the final report on the Iyana-Ipaja and Idimu tanker explosion in which we will take appropriate action to provide further relief to those affected by the inferno.
“I know that it is in the interest of every resident of Lagos to extend the enforcement of traffic law to all drivers in Lagos State. It is not only the tanker drivers that are offenders. We will not wait until another incident occurs before the government takes action. We know that all drivers must come under the enforcement of the traffic law.
“Our simple purpose in government is to make life simpler for the residents of the state. And we will do that with all the strength God has given to us.”