9 September 2012

Nigeria: Lagos Traffic Law - Oil Marketers, Tanker Drivers Step Up Awareness Campaign

LAGBUS buses

NIPCO plc one of the nation's leading petroleum product marketers, has stepped up its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives with an awareness campaign for truck drivers on the recently promulgated Lagos Traffic Law aimed at instilling sanity on our roads.

The campaign which took place at the company premises with the theme 'Promoting Safety on Wheels by Drivers' had in attendance over 200 fuel transporters and officials of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) under the aegis of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG).

The one day event which was flagged off by the Managing Director, NIPCO, Mr. Venkataraman Venkatapathy was organized in collaboration with officials of the public education unit of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, Alausa, Ikeja.

The NIPCO Managing Director said that the primarily aimed of the campaign was to improve the safety awareness instincts of tanker drivers through whose efforts petroleum products are conveyed across the country. This he said will bring about meaningful effect on fuel haulage across the nation. Venkatapathy who was represented by the company's

AdministrationManager, Mr Bonaventure Edie, said that the programme is another major flank of the company's resolve to continuously empower stakeholders in the sector stressing that truck drivers represent a crucial element in the operations of the downstream firms.

According to him, the safety awareness initiative with the technical support of key government agencies in charge of maintaining sanity on our roads is also in keeping the United Nations decade of action on road safety by reducing road traffic crashes and fatality by the year 2020.

'Since we started operations in 2004, we have exhibited high level of zero tolerance to any unsafe acts within and outside our operational base, a feat that has earned us many accolades and awards for the unwavering commitment to safety consciousness' he said.

The NIPCO BOSS observed that with all modesty, the organization has remained over the years a highly safety reliant company that is well rated above its peers in the downstream sector. Venkatapathy noted that the campaign which also attracted about 40 fleet drivers in the employ of the company is also aimed at complementing government efforts at ensuring safety on our roads especially in relation with the recently signed Lagos Traffic Law.

'We are of the view that public education is very crucial to the success of any good initiative of government as it enables the citizenry to be carried along in the overall interest of the nation' he said. According to him, the economic impact of heavy traffic which millions of Nigerians are exposed to on a daily basis, is awesome with its negative effects on the productivity of the workforce.

An official of the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation who represented the Commissioner, Mr Kayode Opeifa, Mrs Habibat Basiru counsel drivers on the imperativeness of the new traffic law and advised them not to see it as punitive but a clarion call for all road users to change their way of life and be more safety conscious on wheels.

Commending the company for putting the event together, she enjoined other corporate agencies to collaborate with government to make the law achieve its set objectives.

In his own remarks, Mr. Ozekhome Julius of the FRSC, said enlightenment campaigns of this nature are very apt especially at this time of the year when vehicular movements are very high with its attendant effects.

He said the commission will continue to partner with organizations on safety on our roads so that mishaps will be brought to the barest minimum as we move towards year 2020 United Nations decade on action on road safety.

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