REMARKS BY RT. HON. YAKUBU DOGARA, SPEAKER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE NEED FOR GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS THE MENACE OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FUEL TANKERS BY THE AD-HOC COMMITTEE ON THE NEED FOR GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS THE MENACE OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FUEL TANKERS HELD ON TUESDAY, 7THFEBRUARY 2017 AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMPLEX, ABUJA
I am highly delighted to address you this morning on this special occasion of the public hearing on the need for government to address the menace of accidents involving fuel tankers by the ad-hoc committee constituted specifically proffer solutions to this challenge.
2. Let me use this occasion to commend the Committee for acting swiftly on this matter which seeks to restore sanity, institute life saving measures and minimize damage to property occasioned by fire usually associated with such accidents. I most importantly commend all stakeholders and members of the public who have turned up to participate at this hearing thereby enriching the law making process.
3. Despite legislations and concerted efforts by agencies of government, road traffic unions and associations to halt accidents involving articulated vehicles namely trailers and tankers, on major highways across the country, they still contribute a good number of deaths recorded on our roads.
4. Reports from the FRSC indicate that between January to December 2016, petrol tanker/trailers were involved in at least 338 cases of road traffic crashes, consisting of 306 death and 750 others with various degrees of injuries.
5. The tasks before the ad-hoc Committee is to find out the causes of the accidents involving fuel tankers and other articulated vehicles. Whether they are as a result of the design of our roads, the vehicle, human errors, recklessness or mental state of the drivers and to liaise with relevant stakeholders to fashion out ways of reducing, in the short-run and ultimately eliminating these destructive accidents which are claiming unquantifiable number of lives and property across the country.
6. On it’s part, the House had last year, approved the installation of speed limiting devices on commercial and fleet vehicles and is passionately waiting for the takeoff and the anticipated reduction in the number of carnages on our highways.
7. Furthermore, I am pleased to state that as a legislature, we have put in place deliberate measures to achieve a vision of becoming one of the 20th safest countries, in terms of road transportation and mobility, by 2020 and meeting the UN decade of Action of reducing road crash record by at least half by 2020.
8. Road safety is a dynamic field and the National Assembly is poised to providing the institutional framework for safer mobility, roads, vehicles and post-crash care through increased budgetary allocation to the relevant sectors. These include those with the mandate for construction and maintenance of roads as well as increased co-operation between government and non-governmental organization for the proper utilization and overall safety of road users.
9. I am pleased to state that as a legislature, we have put in place deliberate measures to achieve a vision of becoming one of the 20th safest countries, in terms of road transportation and mobility, by 2020 and meeting the UN decade of Action of reducing road crash record by at least half by 2020.
10. I wish to assure all participants that your views and opinions will count in evolving the legal framework and implementation strategies for ensuring safety on our roads. Feel free therefore to make contributions fully and faithfully toward this cause as I wish you fruitful deliberations.
11. On this note, it is now my singular privilege to formally declare this Public Hearing open. God bless you all and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.