The Lagos State Government has announced the restriction of movements for fuel tankers to designated routes across the state. This followed a fire accident caused by a petrol tanker explosion on the busy Otedola Bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway last week. Recall also that some weeks back, a container fell on a commercial bus at Ojuelegba bus-stop, claiming three lives instantly.
The government also mandated all articulated vehicles plying Lagos routes to obtain a certificate of road worthiness from the state Ministry of Transportation. Vehicle owners have a 30-day ultimatum to do so.
The directive was issued at an inter-ministerial news conference, which the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson and his Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations counterpart, Mr. Oluseye Oladejo addressed at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa Ikeja.
According to Lawanson, the steps were taken to prevent a reoccurence of tanker explosion in Lagos.
“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.
“All tankers and containers coming into the state 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 said
Mr Lawanson also 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.