18 Oct 2019

DPR plans to ensure safe petroleum products transportation system

To reduced frequent petroleum trucks accident on Nigeria road, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has scheduled a stakeholders forum in ensuring a effective collaboration with all stakeholders towards  safe petroleum products transportation system across the country and to also proffer solutions to frequent truck accidents.

Mr Oluwole Akinyosoye, the Zonal Operations Controller, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Kwara, Osun states disclosed this at a news conference on Friday in Lagos on the agency’s forthcoming 2019 stakeholders’ Annual General Meeting (AGM) which the theme for this year’s AGM is ‘‘Ensuring a Safe Petroleum Products Transportation System’’.

Akinyosoye said that the stakeholders meeting became necessary, to discuss issues on how to mitigate incessant petroleum tanker accidents on Nigerian roads and the implications to the economy.

According to him, at the AGM, root causes of tanker incidents and other things to be done in DPR will be discussed to further strengthen its processes in this regard, especially for the Lagos zone and Nigeria in general.

“I wish to express my profound appreciation to all our stakeholders who have continued to show immense support and cooperation with the department in ensuring compliance and safety in downstream operations.

“Today, we are witnesses of the recent petroleum tanker mishaps –the Mile 2 Lagos incident on Oct. 15 and a tanker laden with petrol spilled on Ozumba Mbadiwe due to failure of the tank shell .

“We recall the tragic incident that occurred on Otedola Bridge on June 28, 2018, at this incident, 12 lives were lost, many people were injured and at least 55 vehicles were lost to the inferno.
“This persistent carnage by road haulage of petroleum products in our society necessitates a choice of our theme for this year, he said.

The controller said that the department had always used the platform of the AGM to interact with stakeholders especially to discuss and proffer solutions to major operational challenges that face the industry and the nation at large.

He said that this therefore became imperative that they use the platform to address the current challenges to save petroleum product transportation system.
Akinyosoye said that the major stakeholder units expected to participate in the proposed meeting includes executives of Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD),Depot and Petroleum Product Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPMAN) and Independent Petroleum Product Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).
Others are Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN), Lubricant Producers Association of Nigeria (LUPAN), Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources , Federal and State Fire Services Lagos,Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), among others.

“We wish to assure you that the department is committed toward working with all stakeholders to drive and enhance good business practices and safety culture in the downstream sector and the Petroleum Industry as a whole.

“Using the proposed gathering, we are going to sharpen our regulatory initiatives to ensuring better safety especially in the road haulage system.

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