By Temi Boyo
The Divisional Police Officer, Koko Police Station, Mr Egong Egwu Egong, has decried the menace posed by tanker drivers, who park indiscriminately along major roads in Koko, to lift petroleum products from the various tank farms in the community.
Mr Egong who made this known during an interaction with representatives of the Warri North Council boss, Hon. Aduge Okorodudu, various tank farms in the community, Koko Community Management Authority (KCMA), NUPENG, Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO), in Koko, said such disregard for other road users by the truck drivers, stems from the inability of some of the tank farm operators to provide detailed parking lots in their premises.
Reacting to these, a representative from the Optima Emery Resources Ltd; whose clientele of tanker drivers has overtime caused major gridlock in the town, Mr Josiah Dogara, said the company has acquired a land for the purpose, but has not developed it.
On their part, Mr Chris Okafor, and Mr Yakubu Lawal from Tarus Oil & Gas, and Ebenco Global Services respectively, noted that the construction of their company’s parking area was still a work in progress but maintained that they have dealt with drivers who park outside their designated temporal parking areas.
The police chief also harped on the need for them to improve on their fire fighting techniques, through carrying out drill exercises with the various fire equipment acquired, and also sued for the acquisition of the state of the art fire fighting trucks on standby at a central fire station accessible to all the tank farms in the community in case of a fire outbreak.
The representative of the council boss, Mr Jolly Davies, however disclosed that a similar meeting had earlier be convened by the council boss, and the resolution was that the council would partner with the operators in the construction of a modern fire station, where each trucks provided would be parked for quick response in case of eventualities, adding that the companies were yet to respond.
Mr Egong cautioned against the lackadaisical attitude of some of the companies towards safeguarding lives and properties in the community, and urged the council boss to reconvene a meeting with all tank farm operators, as well as officers from the various security agencies in the area, where a communiqué, allowing for the provision of parking areas, and construction of a central modern fire station with state of the art fire trucks for a certain period be issued and signed by all present.
He however announced that the Nigeria Police, Koko, with other relevant government agencies will embark on an inspection tour of some of the tank farms on fire drill exercises, adding that some media outfits will contact for full coverage of the exercise.