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17th of July 2018

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Reps probe Lagos, Suleija petrol Tanker Accidents

…Orders FG to pay medical bills of victimsWorried by the rising cases of petrol tanker accidents in the country wherein two fuel laden tankers killed twelve persons and injured several others within a week, a probe was yesterday launched by the House of Representatives.

Recall that 12 persons were killed and others injured in Lagos and Suleija, fuel tanker accident that occurred in just a week.

The investigation will unravel the immediate and remote causes and help agencies in the sector to design new and workable policies to curb the menace.

The lawmakers have also tasked the federal government to immediately take responsibility of all medical expenses and bills of victims of the Lagos-Otedola Bridge tanker explosion which death toll has risen to 12 in a resolution made after debating a motion of urgent national importance sponsored by Honorable Johnson Egwakhide Oghuma, representing Etsako federal constituency, Edo state.

At Tuesday’s plenary, the lawmakers raised the alarm over the currency of accidents in the country involving fuel laden tankers due to the safety implications in the country.

According to them, the petroleum sector is expected to operate under high safety procedures especially as products are highly inflammable but regretted that it was not the case.

“The Industry is experiencing a complete lack of adherence to the Health, Safety, and Environmental, HSE, regulations” they noted, adding that the loss of lives and property on a national scale is unacceptable and unfortunate.

However, while debating the general principles of the motion, the sponsor, Honourable Oghuma, noted with concern the avoidable calamities caused by the petrol tankers.

He argued that most of the accidents where by sheer human error, factor, essentially when trucks that cannot pass the HSE evaluation and the same vehicles that load products Nationwide.

“We are concerned that most of the accidents are caused by the increasing use of vehicle that cannot pass the HSE regulation and yet allowed to load products from depots without regards to the operational regulations by depot owners, petroleum marketers, DPR, National Vehicle Inspection office and NSCDC”

Oghuma regretted that available statistics revealed that 79% of the accidents are by human factor and that when it occurs, the spillage is devastating often resulting to 70% explosion with injury and deaths put at 80%.

He noted that there was urgent need for the committee on petroleum (Downstream) and Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to investigate the matter and report back within 6 weeks for further legislative action, a position which was overwhelmingly approved and adopted.

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