Ogun state governor, Dr Dapo Abiodun has banned fuel tankers and other articulated vehicles from plying overhead bridges in the state.
Abiodun announced this decision during his assessment visit to the scene of tanker explosion, which occurred on Tuesday morning in Abeokuta, claiming three lives with many others injured.
The governor, who also visited victims of the fire in the hospital, vowed that stiffer punishment would be meted out to any tanker driver found culpable.
According to him, the ban is meant to safeguard the lives and property of the citizens.
In his statement on Tuesday evening, Abiodun wrote;
Towards avoiding a recurrence of today’s fatal tanker fire that occurred in Abeokuta, tanker drivers will henceforth no longer use overhead bridges across Ogun State, with stringent penalties to be put in place by the State Ministry of Transportation.
When I assessed the accident scene, I was made to understand the fire was caused by a brake failure and resultant collisions, which could have escalated but for the quick intervention of responders.
The governor stated;
We have invited burn specialists from Lagos to treat victims with severe burns, and all victims whom I visited at the State Hospital, Ijaye and the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, will be taken off by the State Government. My heart is with the families of the six casualties, as Ogun State grapples with this tragic event.
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