Lagos – The Sultan of Sokoto State, Saad Abubakar, has urged drivers to show consideration to other road users in order to avoid tanker crashes on the highways.
The Sultan has made the appeal while receiving the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, and the National Chairman of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), division of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural GAS Workers (NUPENG), Salimon Oladiti, who were on a courtesy visit to his Palace in Sokoto.
Perennial crashes involving petroleum tankers have claimed about 60 lives in recent weeks.
Abubakar described rampart cases of petroleum tanker crashes in the country, especially in the last few weeks as “worrisome,” admonishing drivers to always obey traffic rules and regulations, instead of operating with impunity.
“No one should be above the law,” he stated.
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“People must learn to respect law, and violators must be punished accordingly. That is the only way to ensure stability on the road and security in the society generally,” he further said.
Abubakar meanwhile welcomed the collaboration between the FRSC and PTD as well as other transport unions as a positive development, stressing that such partnership could enhance effective traffic management and orderliness on the road.
He however frowned at the practice of blocking the road by some tanker drivers who engage in the act at the slightest provocation.
“Every grievance can be settled amicably if there is trust and understanding between the law enforcement agents and the drivers,” he said.
He further advocated defensive driving technique as a way of resolving some of the chaos noticed on the highways.
“If every driver sees only himself as the same person on the road and considers others as mad people, there would be orderliness on the road,”
He thus called for understanding between law enforcers and drivers, and appealed for restraint while dealing with the drivers as some of drivers may be operating under tensed conditions.
“When there is trust and understanding between the law enforcers and drivers, orderliness can easily be restored on the road. That is why I support this collaboration between the FRSC and PTD. The partnership provides opportunity for interaction and mutual resolution of conflicts for safety, security and stability of the society.”
- CAJ News