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LASG, VIS to tackle accidents as tanker explosion kills three

by Damilola Agekameh

Lagos State Government (LASG) on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, said it was taking steps to reduce carnage caused by heavy-duty vehicles on the roads, particularly Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

A Twitter user @8ightayewa expressed the frustrations of thousands of stranded Lagosians in a tweet posted at 7:20 a.m.: “I entered night bus last night going to Abuja, departed around 10:00 p.m. from Maza maza, right now, I am still in Lagos! Lagos-Ibadan expressway is blocked. Sobs!”

That was the pain of many who were stranded on Wednesday in the traffic lockdown on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway corridor, which extended to Berger, Ikeja, and Gbadaga after a petrol tanker explosion that occurred on the night of Tuesday, along the Long Bridge at about 7:30 p.m. The accident scene was not cleared until Wednesday morning. The tanker explosion coupled with another accident at Magboro road diversion further worsened the congestion.

Since the early hours of Wednesday, commuters had to face the logjam, disrupting socio-economic activities along the axis. The gridlock affected the resumption time of workers in both public and private sectors, while those who had early morning air flights to catch from Lagos missed their boarding times. Many pupils who couldn’t stand the congestion returned home as most television and radio morning talkshows missed some of their anchors and guests.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State government expressed its readiness to continue to engage relevant stakeholders in tackling the menace of truck and tanker accidents on the state’s highways as it urged the Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS) to step up its activities.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner of Information, Gbenga Omotoso acknowledged the hardship caused by the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by the Federal Government but frowned at the ‘crude’ attitude of some articulated vehicle drivers.

Omotoso added that the state would not tolerate the recklessness of truck drivers when transporting goods on the state’s roads. He said: “We will continue to encourage people to do business in Lagos, but we will not allow the lives of Lagosians and visitors to be put at risk. The Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS) is to step up its activities in the government’s bid to stop such accidents involving trucks and others.



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