The Chartered Institute of Transport Administration (CIOTA), has expressed deep concern over the tragic incident that occurred on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the early hours of yesterday, resulting in the loss of a truck driver’s life, as well as gridlock that has lasted for hours.

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Prince Segun Ochuko Obayendo, FinsTA, the institute President, expressed this concern via a statement signed by Chinwe Uwaegbute, National Publicity Secretary of CIOTA, and made available to Transport Day.
The unfortunate incident occurred when the truck driver lost control and collided with another tanker from behind, leading to the immediate fatality of the driver.

According to Obayendo, such avoidable accidents during daylight hours should not become the norm. “It is imperative that we revisit the policy allowing truck drivers to exclusively operate on our roads at midnight.”

He subsequently called upon the relevant agencies responsible for ensuring highway safety to take decisive action to prevent these incidents from becoming a recurring occurrence.

Additionally, he called on Truck Owners Association of Nigeria to prioritize the vigilance and physical fitness of their members before allowing them to operate on the roads.

“Furthermore, the government is urged to explore deliberate investments in railway infrastructure nationwide for the transportation of highly inflammable goods. During this difficult time, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased truck driver.

“CIOTA remains committed to advocating for the safety and welfare of all transport stakeholders.”