IN a bid to reduce traffic gridlock on the high way as well as loss of lives and encourage vast economic activities, the Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA) has called on commercial and private petroleum tanker owners to remove all stationary trucks and tank off the ever-busy NPA expressway in Warri.
The tankers, in recent times, have caused numerous accidents which have resulted in the loss of lives, damages to vehicles and long traffic gridlocks on the high way.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting held at Government House Annexe in Warri, the Director General of DESTMA, Mr Stephen Dieseruve, pleaded with independent oil marketers and Warri Refineries Petroleum Company (WRPC) to halt parking their vehicles on the sides of the dual lanes on the NPA expressway and environs in order to avert further loss of lives and property.
He urged independent marketers to provide possible means to address the issue of tankers parking on the sides of the expressway,
Also speaking at the meeting, the Director General on Delta State Security Matters, Honourable David Tonwe, said government was trying its best to acquire a land for the tankers as park in order to ease the double lane parking which is hazardous to people accessing the expressway on a daily basis.
He said in no distance time, the issue of parking would be settled, adding that marketers should partner with the state government to maintain a friendly environment.
The DESTMA boss assured every individual that in no distance time, tankers would be off the roads.
“There is an agreement to the fact that those tankers would be taken away from the roads in no distance time.
“A tanker park would be built, and when ready, all tankers that arrive the state would be registered, and we would thoroughly checkmate them.