As Benue tanker fire takes 50 lives: Tanker drivers told to avoid reckless driving


* NARTO implores FG to rescue roads

By Msugh Tor, Makurdi

Bad roads around the country have been blamed for the fire disaster occasioned by crash of tankers such as the Ahumbe tanker fire in Benue State that has claimed 50 lives and many injuries.

This could be why transport sector workers are calling on the federal government to endeavour to honour their promise to repair such collapsed roads as they said the tanker driver in the Ahumbe fire disaster was merely dodging a ditch. Experts also blamed road operators to

At the weekend in Makurdi, the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Apir Depot in Benue State, therefore warned tanker drivers against reckless driving while plying highways to avoid accidents.

Sylvester Kanu, chairman of the association, gave the warning at a news briefing in Makurdi at the weekend on the heels of a petrol tanker explosion at Ahumbe in Giwer Local Government area which claimed over 50 lives.

Many others sustained various degrees of injuries while property worth millions of Naira was believed to have been destroyed. The accident reportedly occurred after the driver had dodged a pot hole.

Worried over the incident, Kanu implored the federal Government to keep to its earlier promise of repairing roads that are hitherto death traps to reduce the spate of accidents on our roads.

Continuing, he noted thus; “At our Annual General Meeting (AGM), we discussed the issue with the Federal Government. They promised they would do it. The accident is a wake-up call for government to expedite action on repair of roads that are in deplorable condition.”

The chairman also urged tanker drivers to stop illegal parking, stressing that it could cause accident. He said apart from the aforementioned, reckless parking of tankers constitutes a threat to other road users. He urged them to desist from such act in order to save lives.

Toward this end, the association is stepping up efforts to build an ultra-modern park at Abiam near the Apir Depot to address the problem of parking.