An official of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), has said that about 1,048 people were killed in 770 road crashes involving 4,365 tankers and trailers from January to November 2016. Boboye Oyeyemi, who is the FRSC, made this disclosure on Wednesday, December 7, in Abuja at an interactive session with stakeholders in the road transport sector. Oyeyemi said 4,365 people were also injured during the period of review.
According to him, crashes involving tankers and trailers had been on the decrease since 2014 as 1,862 people were killed in that year while 1,285 deaths were recorded in 2015.
Premium Times reports that Oyeyemi said the FRSC would continue to put measures in place to address the challenges and had initiated a new partnership with relevant stakeholders in road safety to curb them. He urged tanker owners to put in place safety valve to avoid spillage of content of tankers in case of crashes. The corps marshal said to regulate safe practice for effective and safe delivery of liquid hydrocarbon in Nigeria, FRSC had initiated a safe-to-load programme and deployed 168 personnel to 43 tank farms in Nigeria. He said within one year, 103,201 vehicles had been inspected to determine their level of compliance with the minimum safety standard and 78,121 met the standard, while 25,080 failed.