NUPENG Pledges To Train Tanker Drivers On Safe Driving

THE Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has pledged to continue to train and re-orientate tanker drivers on safe driving to reduce accidents on the roads.

The union gave the assurance in a statement signed by its President, Mr. Igwe Achese, yesterday in Lagos, saying the training would be frequent, following recent fuel tanker accidents in (Onitsha) Anambra, Ondo and Lagos states in the last one week.

The fuel tanker fire on June 1 in Onitsha claimed over 50 lives and property, while that of Lagos on June 2 claimed property worth N2 million.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the tanker drivers would be given regular training and re-orientation on safe driving and vehicle maintenance.

The NUPENG statement however advised government to rehabilitate the railways for haulage of petroleum products to reduce the burden of traffic on the highways.

It also urged the governors of the affected states in the recent tanker accidents to assist the families of those who lost their loved ones and property.

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