The National Chairman of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union, Mr. Salimon Oladiti, has asked its members to desist from plying the highway in the night as part of measures to ensure the safety of Nigerians during the Yuletide and thereafter.
The union said the call was necessary as members had yet to fully comply with a ban earlier placed on night travelling by tanker drivers in the interest of Nigerians.
According to a statement by the union’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Atanda Adebayo, Oladiti said the reminder on the ban followed a tragedy that was averted by the combined efforts of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and the Lagos State Fire Service last weekend, when a tanker fully loaded with 33,000 litres of petrol fell on the Anthony Bridge inwards Gbagada in Lagos.
An eyewitness had said the incident occurred at about midnight last Saturday when two trucks which were struggling to overtake each other collided, leaving the fuel tanker fallen on its side.
The situation was, however, put under control by the emergency responders after about eight hours of relentless efforts.
Oladiti, who described the incident as “very unfortunate,” warned that, henceforth, any erring member would be severely sanctioned by the union to serve as deterrent to others.