Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
The Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD) an affiliate of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, has trained over 1000 of its drivers on safety.
The union said it was worried over the rate at which tankers fall on highways causing fire incidences that claim lives and property.
The training is an annual Safety on the Wheel Campaign of PTD to ensure safe driving by tanker drivers.
Speaking during the training on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, the National Treasurer PTD branch of NUPENG, Canaan Otu, stated that the essence of the training was to inculcate in the tankers drivers the culture of safety.
Otu said PTD was worried by the recurring cases of tanker accidents on the road and the series of loss of lives and property when such incidences occurred.
Otu noted that several of its drivers do not drive with safety precautions in mind, adding that such was the major cause of tanker accident.
Otu said: “We organised this training for every tanker driver nationwide because of the series of accidents on our roads. We are not happy that they involve in accidents, so we need to train them on how to drive safely on the road.
“We are training over 1000 candidates. This will help our drivers to be educated on ways to avoid accidents while on the wheel.”
Similarly, the National Vice Chairman of PTD branch of NUPENG, Port Harcourt branch, Mr. Patrick Okuwanne, urged tanker owners to install speed limiting device to enable the drivers avoid accident.
Okuwanne said: “We want our drivers to know the reason for the installation of the speed limiting device. It is because of safety. In Nigerian our roads are not too good so for us to take precaution by installing speed limiters. With the union monitoring what is happening.”