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Lagos govt announces preliminary findings into ghastly accident, restricts tankers movements.

The Lagos State Government has announced parts of its preliminary findings into
fatal accident in the state on Thursday.

Report says the accident caused by a petrol tanker which led to the death of nine
people. Over 50 cars were also burnt in the accident.

While addressing journalists on Sunday, a Lagos commissioner said interim findings
show the petrol tanker was carrying far above its appropriate weight.

“From this preliminary investigation, the truck should not have been loaded to the
weight of 30 tonnes, which is twice its pulling capacity,” the state’s Commissioner
for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson, said.

The text of the press conference was sent to Newsmen by Habib Haruna, the chief
press secretary to the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.


Read the full statement by Mr Aruna below.

Following the tragic tanker explosion on Otedola Bridge inward Ojodu Berger along
Lagos-Ibadan Expressway which claimed lives and property, the Lagos State Government
on Sunday restricted movement of fuel tankers to designated trailer route going
forward.

The government also said it was now mandatory for all articulated trucks coming into
Lagos to obtain the Ministry of Transportation’s Road Worthiness Certificate at any
of the designated centres within the next 30 days.

Addressing a joint press briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa after
meeting with all the relevant stakeholders including Nigeria Union of Petroleum and
Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO),
Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), National Association of Transport Operators (NATO),
Container Truck Owners Association of Nigeria, among others, the state’s
Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson, said the decision became necessary
following preliminary investigations into the incident which revealed a combination
of vehicular defect and human errors.

Mr Lawanson said: “As an immediate response to the latest incident, the Lagos State
Government hereby announces the following measures: fuel tankers are hereby directed
to ply the designated trailer route, that is, Apapa-Oworonshoki Expressway via Ogudu
to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

General Manager, Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Wale Musa;
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Salaam; Commissioner for
Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson; Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr.
Kehinde Bamigbetan and his counterpart for Special Duties & Inter-Governmental
Relations, Mr. Seye Oladejo during a press briefing to announce the restriction of
fuel tankers to designated trailer routes and directive to obtain road worthiness
certificate, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on
Sunday, July 1, 2018.

L-R: General Manager, Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Wale
Musa; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Salaam;
Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson; Commissioner for Information &
Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan and his counterpart for Special Duties &
Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Seye Oladejo during a press briefing to announce
the restriction of fuel tankers to designated trailer routes and directive to
obtain road worthiness certificate, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the
Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Sunday, July 1, 2018.
“All tankers and containers coming into Lagos State from henceforth are directed to
obtain the Ministry of Transportation Certificate of Road Worthiness at any of or
centres within the next 30 days, while new centres along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
will be established to quickly to cope with the expected demand for this service.”

He listed the 10 centres currently available to process the applications to include
Berger, Ojodu; Odogunyan, Ikorodu; Agric/Ishawo Road, Ikorodu; Worksyard, PWD,
Shogunle; NCI, Gbagada; VIS Yard, Oko-Afo, Badagry; VIS Yard, Ayobo-Ipaja; Test
Centre, Badagry; VIS Yard, Epe; and VIS Yard, Oko-Oba Abattoir.

Mr Lawanson, who addressed the briefing alongside heads of government agencies and
the stakeholders, said preliminary investigation revealed that the affected tanker
which exploded was registered in Nasarawa Local Government, Kano State, with
registration number NSR 888 YC, and had changed ownership 13 times since purchase.

“It (the tanker) was manufactured in 1999 by Mack Trucks Inc at its assembly plant
in Winnsboro, United States. This truck was designed as a 14,959kg (approximately 15
ton) drilling rig with low bed, but it was converted in Nigeria from a drilling rig
to fuel tank carrier to carry 30 tonnes.

“From this preliminary investigation, the truck should not have been loaded to the
weight of 30 tonnes, which is twice its pulling capacity,” the commissioner said,
adding that further investigation into the current ownership of the tanker and other
related details were progressing.

On suggestion of restriction of operation of tankers to certain hours, the
commissioner said having critically examined the issue especially considering the
fact that imported petroleum products are pumped from import jetties at Atlas Cove
through pipelines to Ejigbo Depots in Lagos, Mosimi (Ogun), Ibadan (Oyo), Ilorin
(Kwara) and Ore (Ondo), and due to pipeline vandalism, any restriction of such would
undermine supplies and threaten the wellbeing of the Nigerian economy since there is
high demand for petroleum products across the country.

“This position has also been canvassed by the authorities in charge of the
distribution of petroleum products in the consultations which followed the incident
and at a time of great expectations for our economy to fully bounce back from
recession, we believe that ensuring unhindered supply of petroleum products is
indeed a patriotic contribution by Lagos State to the nation’s economic survival,”
Mr Lawanson said.


L-R: General Manager, Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Wale
Musa; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Salaam;
Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson; Commissioner for Information &
Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan; his counterpart for Special Duties &
Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Seye Oladejo and Director, Vehicle Inspection
Service (VIS), Engr. Gbolahan Toriola during a press briefing to announce the
restriction of fuel tankers to designated trailer routes and directive to obtain
road worthiness certificate, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat,
Alausa, Ikeja, on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Chairman, National Union of Petroleum Energy & Gas (NUPENG) South West Zone,
Comrade Tayo Aboyeji (left); Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Kehinde
Bamigbetan (2nd left); Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson (middle);
his counterpart for Special Duties & Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Seye Oladejo
(2nd right); President, Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), Chief Remi
Ogungbemi (right); General Manager, Lagos State Transport Management Authority
(LASTMA), Mr. Wale Musa (2nd right behind); Director, Vehicle Inspection Service
(VIS), Engr. Gbolahan Toriola (left behind) and others shortly after a press
briefing to announce the restriction of fuel tankers to designated trailer routes
and directive to obtain road worthiness certificate, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press
Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Sunday, July 1, 2018.
He, however, disclosed that the state government was already exploring alternative
modes of transportation of petroleum products to separate passenger traffic from
cargo movements within the metropolis in the interest of the public safety and
order.

He also said that government, in partnership with all the stakeholders, would set up
joint-enforcement of the operating laws, while barriers would be installed on
bridges in Lagos to prevent articulated trucks including Ojuelegba, Mobolaji Bank
Anthony, Ekodeso, Abule-Egba, Lekki-Ajah, among others.

Giving update on the accident, Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental
Relations, Seye Oladejo said out of the four injured persons that were taken away
from the scene, one unfortunately died while government is taking full
responsibility for the treatment of others.

He particularly denied allegations that some victims were rejected by the General
Hospital in Surulere, saying that the victims were only taken to LASUTH, Ikeja and
Burns and Trauma Centre in Gbagada.

“When you have such incident of that magnitude, as part of our training as emergency
responders, we need to be very careful the way we handle our communication so that
we don’t raise unnecessary alarm. It is important for members of the public to
remain calm while we get all our acts together, otherwise we would also be asking
for another emergency.

“Altogether, nine people passed on at the incident and they were all burnt beyond
recognition. We have set up a helpline at LASEMA to try and open a communication
channel with members of the public and with family members of the victims. It is
important that DNA is conducted otherwise we would end up giving the wrong bodies to
some families to go and inter and that would become another issue entirely.

“This kind of situation really calls for patience and understanding on the part of
members of the public and most especially families of victim. As much as we
sympathise and commiserate, things still have to be done professionally. As a
government, we are alive to our responsibility and the major business we have is to
ensure safety of lives and property and we are committed to that. We have signed up
on that, you are also aware of the massive investment of the state government on
issues bothering on emergency and response,” Mr Oladejo said.

Besides, the commissioner dismissed insinuation alleging that the integrity of
Otedola Bridge had been compromised following the incident.

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