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The Lagos State Government has restricted
tankers to designated trailer route after the sad
Otedola bridge fire incident on Thursday in the
state.
The government also gave 30-day ultimatum for articulated
vehicles to obtain road worthiness certificate, Sunday Punch
reports.
The explosion claimed lives and property.
A press release signed by the Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna
on Sunday, states that the government also said it was now
mandatory for all articulated trucks coming into Lagos to obtain
the Ministry of Transportation’s Road Worthiness Certificate at any
of the designated centres within the next 30 days.

Addressing a joint press briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press
Centre in Alausa after meeting with all the relevant stakeholders,
including Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers,
Association of Maritime Truck Owners, Petroleum Tanker Drivers,
National Association of Transport Operators, and Container Truck
Owners Association of Nigeria, among others, the Commissioner
for Transportation, Mr. Ladi Lawanson, said the decision became
necessary following preliminary investigations into the incident
which revealed a combination of vehicular defect and human
errors.

Lawanson said:
“As an immediate response to the latest incident, the Lagos State
Government hereby announces the following measures: Fuel
tankers are hereby directed to ply the designated trailer route, that
is, Apapa-Oworonshoki Expressway via Ogudu to Lagos-Ibadan
Expressway.

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“All tankers and containers coming into Lagos State from
henceforth are directed to obtain the Ministry of Transportation
Certificate of Road Worthiness at any of or centres within the next
30 days, while new centres along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
will be established to quickly to cope with the expected demand
for this service.”

He listed the 10 centres currently available to process the
applications to include Berger, Ojodu; Odogunyan, Ikorodu; Agric/
Ishawo Road, Ikorodu; Worksyard, PWD, Shogunle; NCI, Gbagada;
VIS Yard, Oko-Afo, Badagry; VIS Yard, Ayobo-Ipaja; Test Centre,
Badagry; VIS Yard, Epe; and VIS Yard, Oko-Oba Abattoir.

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