The Nigerian Independent Marketing Association (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Petroleum and Natural Gas Worker Union (NUPENG) called for the development of a tanker terminal in Anambra.
Downstream operators made their call during a meeting with the Federal Road Sacurity Corps (FRSC) in Awka on Thursday between Petroleum Tanker Drivers, NUPENG and IPMAN in the South and Southeast Zones.
The President of IPMAN at Enugu Depot, Mr. Chinedu Anyaso, has described Anambra as a large operational zone worthy of a terminal because of the large number of tankers who transfer and unload their tanks in the state.
Anyaso was partially due to the absence of a terminal in the state to an rise in road accidents.
He said the terminal was expedient given the prevailing protocols of COVID-19, which reduced the number of hours on the route.
He also said tanker drivers had to rest a while on long journeys.
Anyaso said the park existed in the State of Enugu, noting that IPMAN had written to the government of Anambra which had promised space, but had regretted that nothing was done.
According to him, Anambra has a lot of tankers passing through the state as gateway to other nations, adding that there is often a tendency to fatigue drivers.
“They must reach the park, be refreshed, use the toilets and restaurants before their journey begins.
“The park would eliminate road parking and trigger unnecessary hindrances, minimize robbery attacks on vehicles, including material sifting, while generating income for the government, he said.
Mr Andrew Kumapayi, FRSC Sector Commander in Anambra, reacted by saying that the command liaised with the Anambra government to ensure that the terminal was delivered early.
Kumapayi said the government intended to build a trailer park in 2019 following an incident with a fire.
“We ‘re going to follow it up with this application. The park is needed and I think it will soon be realized, “he said.
The sector head said that the meeting was part of the stakeholders’ commitment following the federal government ‘s recent easing of inter-state movement and the need for tanker drivers to obey COVID-19 protocols. (NAN)