Ogun fuel tanker explosion: Governor Abiodun issues no parking directive to FRSC

Femi Adeleke
Following the fuel tanker explosion that claimed two lives in Toll gate area of Sango-Ota, Ogun State, Governor Dapo Abiodun has issued a “no parking” directive to the officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on the road.
The Governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin in Abeokuta on Sunday said, the directive became imperative to forestall future accidents around the area.
Governor Abiodun said he had observed that officials of the State Command of the FRSC frequently had cars parked along the road, especially during their routine stop-and-search operation, arguing “Those vehicles that the FRSC usually have parked by the roadside contribute to gridlock and pose danger to unsuspecting motorists.”
According to the Governor, the Ogun State Public Works Agency (OGPWA) is to commence palliative work along the axis in order to ease the flow of traffic on the road.
The statement noted that, officers of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) are already in the area, controlling traffic and to possibly move roadside traders from right of way.
The Governor disclosed that the State Government was working on providing necessary equipment for the Fire Services.
“We are going to ensure that our firefighters are adequately equipped in order to promptly respond to emergencies within their jurisdiction,” he said.
Governor Abiodun added that the government was engaging Federal MDAs concerned with road maintenance, primarily to avoid duplication of exercise.
According to him, “We are engaging the Federal Ministry of Works and the Federal Road Maintenance Agency in such a manner that whenever we have a peculiar reason to work on roads within their coverage, we would alert them while TRACE officers manage traffic during the repair work.”
The Governor advised the general public to avoid habits that contribute to the damage of roads such as the dumping of refuse in drainages. He also urged motorists to adhere to traffic rules and avoid pouring harmful chemicals and products on the asphalt surface of roads.
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