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Reps Move To Check Petrol Tanker Accidents On Nigerian Roads


Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara says over 300 people lost their lives to accidents involving petrol tanker or trailers in 2016.
This is in addition to 750 others which left victims with various degrees of injuries, he added, while explaining that this necessitated the urgent  intervention by the House of Representatives to ensure that such incidents are reduced to the barest minmum.
Mr Dogara, while declaring a public hearing on the need for government to address the menace of accidents involving fuel tankers organised by the Adhoc Committee To address The Menace of Accidents Involving Fuel Tankers at the National Assembly, expressed concern that despite legislations and concerted efforts by agencies of government, road traffic unions and associations to halt accidents involving articulated vehicles namely trailers and tankers on major highways across the country, they still contribute a good number of deaths recorded on our roads.
The Speaker expressed  optimism that the enforcement of speed limit, which the parliament approved last year, will reduce the number of accidents and make Nigerian roads safer to ply,  while the National Assembly works towards achieving Nigeria’s vision of becoming one of the 20th safest countries, in terms of road transportation and mobility, by 2020 and meeting the UN decade of Action of reducing road crash record by at least half by 2020 .


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