The Anambra State Government has restricted the movement of tankers laden with petroleum products to nighttime, Concise News reports.
The state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Don Adinuba, announced this in a statement on Friday.
Adinuba said fuel tankers would henceforth operate from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. in the state. He said this is as a result of the incessant collapse of trucks carrying petroleum products in the state, including the latest which happened in Onitsha on Thursday.
The commissioner said that the speed limit for such trucks would be 90 kilometres per hour. He added that the new order would commence on Saturday, November, 2nd.
The government has directed the Anambra State Police Command and all other security agencies in the state to swing into action.
According to the commissioner, the security agencies are to “religiously enforce” the restriction order on the movement of trucks carrying petroleum products in the state.
The statement read: ”Following the incessant collapse of trucks carrying petroleum products in Anambra State in recent times, including one which happened in Onitsha on Thursday, the Anambra State Government has decided to restrict the time which vehicles laden with petroleum products can move in the state.
“With effect from Saturday, November 2, 2019, such vehicles can be allowed to move within Anambra State from only 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
“The restriction is to enable agencies like the Anambra State Fire Service, the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Civil Defence, the Anambra Traffic Management Agency and indeed all other security, law enforcement and safety agencies to respond effectively and in good time to emergencies created by such accidents.
“The Anambra State Command of the Nigeria Police Force and all other security agencies have been directed to religiously enforce the restriction order on the movement of trucks carrying petroleum products in the state.
“They have also been directed to ensure that such vehicles do not exceed the speed limit of 90 kilometres per hour.
“Any violation of either the time restriction order or the speed limit will be punished accordingly. The protection of the life and asset of every person in Anambra State cannot be compromised.”
He, however, urged oil marketers, workers, tanker drivers and concerned persons among other stakeholders in the downstream oil sector to bear with the state government.
The commissioner asked them to adhere to the regulation which he noted was made strictly in the overriding interest of the public.
He added: “All stakeholders, including oil marketers, workers, tanker drivers and indeed concerned persons in the downstream oil sector are urged to bear with the state and help to adhere to this regulation which is made strictly in the overriding public interest.”