Yesterday’s petrol tanker accident in Idimu, near Egbeda, in Lagos was the second in one week in the state, following a similar one recorded last week in Iyana-Ipaja, another Lagos suburb, where the vehicle fell off the bridge. Both accidents occurred as a result of the indiscretion of the tanker drivers and their failure to put their vehicles in good shape. The accident in Iyana-Ipaja, according to reports, was as a result of break failure while the Idimu accident was due to an attempt by a tanker driver to overtake another tanker at a sharp bend at the bus stop. The two accidents left properties including vehicles, houses and shops destroyed. Mercifully enough, no life was lost. But the tanker drivers have left the people of the areas with huge losses.
Not less than 30 houses, 20 shops and over 30 vehicles were razed in Iyana-Ipaja while the Idimu accident also went with properties worth millions of naira. Petrol tanker drivers involved in the accident deserve a Yellow Card for their recklessness. Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has promised succour for those who lost properties in the Iyana-Ipaja inferno. But beyond that, the government should find a way to rein in tanker drivers in a bid to curb their excesses. Men of the Federal Road Safety Corps also need to step up their enlightenment programmes for the unruly tanker drivers.