By Victor Ahiuma-Young
LAGOS—NATIONAL Chairman of Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, branch of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Alhaji Salmon Oladiti, yesterday in Lagos said he is often pained when fellow Nigerians lose their lives or properties to tanker accidents.
Oladiti, who spoke at the just concluded training for 1,500 tanker drivers in Lagos, said the union was aiming at zero tanker accident in the nearest future, saying no fewer than 4500 tanker drivers were trained by the union in the four zones of PTD across the country.
The chairman said he always found it difficult to sleep because of the lives and properties that perish in such accidents, lamenting that tanker accidents always resulted in economic and loss of lives.
According to him: “This is the reason I have to call my executive members together so that we can start training our drivers on how to curb road accidents. The Port Harcourt zone concluded training of 1,000 tanker drivers some days ago. Warri zone training will commence by next week while we are just concluding training of 1,500 drivers in Lagos. The Kaduna zone is also concluding its training today. I believe that this training will make the drivers conduct themselves well on our roads and we are going to have zero accident.”
The chairman urged the drivers to take the advantages of the training, noting that the training would bring changes in their lives, saying “When you have an opportunity like this training, you have to make use of it. If you can train yourself again, you can achieve more in life.”
Speaking, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, the South-West Chairman, NUPENG said the training had been able to impact discipline in tanker drivers, explaining that the objective was to reduce accident to barest minimum.