Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun on Tuesday banned tankers and other articulated vehicles from plying flyover bridges in the state.
Abiodun gave the ban while assessing damages at scene of tanker explosion in Abeokuta on Tuesday.
OgunToday reports that three persons died, several injured with five vehicles and two motorcycles burnt in a petrol tanker explosion around IBB Boulevards in Abeokuta. on Tuesday morning.
The governor also vowed that stiffer punishment would be meted out to any tanker found culpable.
According to him, the ban was meant to safeguard lives and properties of the citizens in view of explosions in different part of the state.
The governor confirmed three persons dead in Tuesday’s tanker explosion, while six others sustained varying degrees of injuries.
He said the injured who were badly burnt had been taken to Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idi – Aba, and the state Hospital, Ijaye, both in Abeokuta.
“We have gone a step further by inviting burn specialists from Lagos to attend to those that have 80 to 90 per cent burnt which requires special attention.
“The specialists have since arrived Abeokuta. They will make a determination whether we are to transfer those with burns to burn centre in Lagos.
” I will discuss with the state Ministry of Transportation, we will begin the enforcement of ensuring that tankers plying our roads are well checked to see if they are road worthy or not.
“We will put measures in place to reduce this kind of occurrence, part of that to include that taker drivers do not operate on our overhead bridges anymore.
” If their ability to control their vehicles atimes now become a hazard to other road users, we think it is important to declare that tankers are not allowed on our overhead bridges anymore
“We will put in place a very tick fine for any tanker drivers found on any of these bridges. This, among other measures will be rolled out in the next day or two,” he said.