It happened in Lokoja a few days ago. Yes, another oil truck exploded and killed many people. As I write, Lagos is in pain as an oil truck has done the usual: exploded on our roads. “On arrival at the scene, it was observed that there was a gas explosion at the aforementioned address. Further investigation revealed that an unknown truck conveying gasoline had a lone accident and exploded. The impact of the explosion led to fire at adjoining buildings and several vehicles were burnt,” LASEMA said in a statement.
This evil will not stop until Nigeria leads. My proposal has remained simple: courts should allow victims to directly sue the corporate owners of the trucks and judges should make space for a total transfer of ownership of the companies to compensate the victims. In other words, if the company does not have much to compensate, the court could simply award the whole company to the victims.
If you do that, companies will start paying attention to this mayhem. At the moment, there is no real penalty and that is the reason we keep having falling trucks in densely populated communities, killing many across Nigeria. Largely, the only way to fix this paralysis is to go after the wallets of the owners of these trucks. Once we do that as a nation, this oil truck explosion on our roads will disappear.
Mr. President, your sympathy press statement is not what we want. You need to take ownership, and fix this urgently.