The Managing Director of the Lagos Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service (LACVIS), Segun Obayendo, has restated the need to have vehicles transporting petroleum products certified road worthy to prevent accidents on the highway.
He stated this during a presentation at the Lagos State Petroleum Marketers Safety Conference 2018 which held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos with the theme, “Enhancing Productivity in Handling Petroleum Products: The Imperative of Safety”.
Obayendo, who was represented by the Quality Control Manager, Edward Larbi, gave a presentation titled “ Enhancing the Safety of Petroleum Products with Road Worthy Vehicles” and affirmed that transportation and distribution of petroleum products are fundamental to the business and are key safety issues.
According to him, investigations at the various LACVIS centres across the state reveal a saddening reality that the maintenance culture for vehicles is fast becoming non-existent.
This, he said, should no longer be condoned by petroleum transporters, stakeholders and contractors/ owners.
“Failure to maintain these vehicles appropriately and inspect them as statutorily required is the reason for the large numbers of trucks and trailers that dot the highways as broken down vehicles or involved in accidents,” Obayendo said.
The DG of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Hon Hakeem Dickson, who gave the keynote address also appealed to the motoring public to do the right thing.
According to him, a vehicle has no business being on the roads if it is not road worthy.
To this end, he encouraged petroleum transporters to take advantage of the LACVIS centres and “do the right thing”.
The Lagos State Petroleum Marketers Conference is an initiative geared towards strategic sensitisation of key players in the downstream sector in order to tackle the widespread apathy to health and safety management practices.
Several dignitaries in attendance include Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), Hon. Joseph Akinlaja, pioneer DG, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mrs Lara Dominga Odebunmi, representatives from the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and many other industry players