Anambra Restricts Fuel Tankers' Movement
By Dipo Omoware
Anambra State Government has announced that henceforth, trucks carrying petroleum products are allowed to move only within the state from 8pm to 5am.
This directive contained in a press release signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C-Don Adinuba, is in response to the incessant collapse of petroleum trucks in the State in recent times.
Recall two deadly fires resulting from petroleum truck collapse have occurred within a short space of time in the state.
The first fire occurring on Wednesday 16 October swept across the Ochanja Market in Upper Iweka area of Onitsha and resulted in loss of lives and destruction of property. About 40 buildings with over 500 lock-up shops were razed in the fire
The fire, which began at about 1pm was caused by a truck loaded with petroleum product losing control along Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Onitsha and crashing into a pavement in between the expressway spilling its contents resulting in the inferno that claimed lives and destroyed property.
Two days later, a second fire occurred at Bessoy bus stop axis of the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway. No death was recorded in this incident but over 30 cars and houses were destroyed.
This fire started when a tanker carrying PMS hit a parked "bulldozer" and fell, spilling its contents along the road and into the gutter.
According to the today’s release, the restriction is to enable the State Fire Service, the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Corps and other emergency management agencies to respond effectively and in good time to emergencies.
It further directed that such vehicles do not exceed the speed limit of 90 kilometres per hour while on the state roads, warning that any violation of directives will be punished accordingly.
Additional report by Kenechukwu Ofomah.