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Makinde orders speedy restoration of normalcy after Ibadan petrol tanker fire

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
20 November 2021   |   3:01 am
A full-laden petrol tanker last Thursday night lost control, fell and went up in flames in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The incident, which happened along the NTA Operation Burst Road before University College Hospital

[FILES] Makinde

A full-laden petrol tanker last Thursday night lost control, fell and went up in flames in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The incident, which happened along the NTA Operation Burst Road before University College Hospital (UCH) area of Ibadan, destroyed two cars. Although no life was lost, the incident caused heavy vehicular traffic in the axis.

The Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, who visited the scene of the incident, yesterday, ordered relevant government agencies to restore normalcy to the area within 24 hours.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as expressing shock and sadness over the incident.

The governor, while assessing the extent of damage done by the fire incident, described it as an unfortunate occurrence, adding that the agency in charge of traffic control in the state should, as a matter of urgency, return normalcy and ensure free vehicular movement.

He said: “This is actually unfortunate and something has to be done quickly. And we need to have the cooperation of both the drivers and owners of such vehicles because we cannot keep having this kind of damage in our state.”

The Director of Operations, Oyo State Fire Services, Ismail Adeleke, who spoke on the incident, said he and his men were at the scene about 11 pm.

Adeleke said: “The fire started from the engine compartment of the tanker; and the driver, having seen the burning fire, panicked and jumped out of the moving truck.

“The vehicle lost control and fell spilling its content on the road and fire raged along the way. Two cars were destroyed but no life was lost in the inferno.”

Meanwhile, the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) has advised road users to use alternative routes while its men and other relevant agencies strive to return normalcy to the route.

A statement signed by the agency’s chairman, Dr. Akin Fagbemi, yesterday, said: “The incident which resulted to the slagging of powered electric poles and cables dangling across the road portends danger to motorists plying the route hence. In the interim, the Authority has barricaded the way from Total-Garden to Agodi-Gate, Ibadan, to enable safety officials of relevant government agencies evacuate the affected vehicles and restore normalcy.”

The Commissioner for Energy, Seun Ashamu, who was also at the scene, stated that his ministry would ensure speedy repairs of the damaged electric poles.

“As my colleagues have said, we thank God that we were able to contain an isolated incident yesterday. The power situation has been isolated.

“So, I can assure you that we will work assiduously to ensure that the cables are back and the poles are properly erected, so that by the time the road is open, our light up project would not be affected. Normalcy should return within the next 24 hours,” Ashamu said.