Menace of containers falling on motorists lingers, expert warns

IN a bid to address the incessant deaths resulting from lack of public safety measures in the country, a safety expert, Mr. Julius Ugwala, has urged the Federal Government to prioritize safety measures across various sectors of the economy.

Ugwala, who is also Nigeria’s Chief Diving Inspector Elect, while speaking during an interview with maritime journalists recently, lamented the non implementation of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) safety standard for trucks, thereby ensuring road users still grapple with the fear of containers falling on them.

According to Ugwala, “Public safety is actually essential to everyone irrespective of your place of work. It is essential if you work in the oil sector, other aspects of shipping and it is also essential at home. We should all endeavour to be careful because one person’s mistake could endanger a great number of people.”

The Chief Diving Inspector also noted that the recent #ENDSARS protest which was hijacked by hoodlums was another example of lack of preventive measures for public safety in the country.

Speaking on the nation’s port sector, he described the issue of empty containers frequently falling on roads as a major public safety challenge yet to be addressed by the government.

“When you look at trucks laden with containers traversing the country, there obviously is a need to improve their operations with regards to how they convey the containers. There is a need to improve the safety measures because such containers have killed innocent citizens in their vehicles and pedestrians. As a country, we don’t have a programme to check this menace and there is no measure to safeguard Nigerian citizens. These accidents occur almost daily in port cities like Lagos and Port Harcourt, yet there is no procedure to curb them, even though they are preventable,” Ugwala

Noting that Nigerian Ports Authority  (NPA) has stipulated standards for trucks doing business at the ports, he called for serious enforcement of the standards.

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