The Lagos State Government has emphasised the need to develop a roadmap for effective monitoring and efficient handling and transportation of petroleum products in the state.
It, therefore, promised stringent measures to enforce compliance to curb and prevent unwanted accidents.
The state government, through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, stated this at a stakeholders’ forum for oil and gas transportation sector, tagged: “Sanitising Lagos State roads of petroleum tankers’ explosions and accidents,” held at Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.
The commissioner of the ministry, Olalere Odusote, lamented that in recent times, there had been a significant increase in tanker explosion in the state.
According to him, the ministry’s database shows that the state experienced an average of one tanker explosion per month in 2020, resulting in loss of lives and damage to infrastructure, which had caused lots of inconveniences to Lagosians.
He said, “Apart from the unusual increase in travel time, the cost of repairs runs into billions of naira, which could be diverted into building other infrastructure that will improve the lives of the citizens.”
While stating that the ministry was currently developing a legal framework in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice, which is based on existing physical planning, environmental and safety laws, the commissioner added that the DPR would collaborate with Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on enforcement of haulage permits for trucks that transport petroleum products.