By Henry Oladele
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged the Lagos government to formulate a sustainable policy that will regulate the operation and movement of tankers and heavy-duty trucks on major roads in the state.
MURIC said this while sympathising with families of passengers killed by 20-foot container which fell off and crushed a commercial bus in Ojuelegba, Lagos on Sunday.
In the statement by Dr Jamiu Busari, the group’s chairman, released on Tuesday in Lagos, MURIC lamented urged the Lagos State Government to develop a long-term policy to control tanker traffic on roads.
“We are sad that innocent lives are taken by heavy-duty lorries and fuel-laden tankers unabatedly on Lagos roads.
“The Ojuelegba incident two days ago was not the first, as Lagosians have witnessed numerous tanker explosions and containers falling on road users.
“To this end, we urge the state government to formulate a sustainable policy that will regulate the operation and movement of tankers and heavy-duty trucks on our major roads,” he said.
He advised that the policies could be done in conjunction with all relevant authorities, such as the Federal Road Safety Commission and the Nigeria Police.
“Also, the Lagos State Ministries of Transportation and Justice, as well as the tanker owners’ and drivers’ associations, should be involved.
“There must be a framework on how, where, and when these trucks are parked and moved around in Lagos to avert the incessant loss of lives and properties of Lagosians.”
“It is believed that a stitch in time saves nine. As a result, the Lagos State Government must not wait until another such tragedy occurs before taking proactive measures,” he said.