By Vera Samuel Anyagafu
There was pandemonium as residents, business owners and commuters around Agbara axis of Ogun State were, Saturday, gripped by fear as a fully loaded 33,000 litres fuel tanker risked explosion after colliding with another truck..
Reporting from the scene, Vanguard observed that the fuel tanker collided with an already collapsed trailer that was carrying a fully loaded 40 ft. container with goods worth millions of naira. As the tanker disengaged due to the collapse of its chassis and hit the ground, petrol gushing out, splashing all over the road from a punctured part.
The outflow of petrol from the 33,000 litres tanker resulted in the residents, students, teachers and motorists quickly running for dear life.
Wary of the danger associated with highly inflammable substances such as petrol, the residents, commuters and business owners around the scene all took cover and maintained an appreciable distance while the situation was being contained.
However, a fire service team from Nestle Nigeria Plc quckly came to the rescue while the Lagos state fire service equally joined in containing the situation.
Speaking with some residents of Agbara estate who applauded officials of Nestle Nigeria Plc Fire Service team for immediate intervention, Vanguard gathered that several calls were however put across to men of the Ogun State Fire Service but there was no response.
Seeing delay in getting rescue from the Ogun state fir service, Nestle Management swiftly directed it’s fire service team to take proactive measures in case there was any fire outbreak.
But lamenting the no response from the state’s fire service, distressed residents and commuters around the axis blamed the government of Ogun state for what they described as the disregard for human safety. They accused the state government’s poor response to emergencies of being the major cause of all the many ugly incidences that occur on daily basis around the axis.
They equally blamed the government for not bringing solutions to the dilapidated conditions of the roads in the state, hence, the many life-threatening incidences on the road. .
Also speaking to Vanguard, a business man whose shop is situated close to the scene of the incident wondered at the great loss of property and huge money if there were to be an inferno.
According to him, “The bad condition of roads here have resulted to many deaths and properties loss. The Ogun State government is not helping matters here. This tanker has been gushing and spreading fuel all over the road since morning and it is almost early evening, yet men of the Ogun State Fire Service are yet to show up. This alone is enough to explain the nonchalant attitude of the state government to the plight of the people and how the well being of the people is illy considered ”
Lamenting further, he said, “I am highly embarrassed with the whole situation. You can see for yourself that businesses are stand still, schools around here are forced to close down and residents are all out, running helter skelter in search of safer areas. This is a big shame to the government of Ogun State and to think that a lot of revenue to the state is derived from here, makes it a bigger shame. ”
The Lagos State Fire Service personnel arrived the scene to team up with Nestle Fire Service team in case there is fire outbreak.
Sad enough, the incident which happened early hours of today is yet to be resolved as at time of this report, even as an official of the Ogun State Transport Management hinted, perhaps in defence, that Ogun State Fire fighters are trapped on their way to the scene of the incidence.