The Federal Government has ordered that trucks and trailers parked on the Lagos-Ibadan highway be vacated with immediate effect.
The government regretted that the spillage of used petroleum products could destroy the roads.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said this on Saturday at the Town Hall Meeting of Stakeholders held at the Ogere end of the Lagos-Ibadan Highway.
Fashola, who was accompanied by Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, said the Lagos-Ibadan highway built in 1974 and completed in 1978 was to promote north-south business activities.
Fashola, while reacting to the activities of truck and trailer drivers on the Lagos-Ibadan highway, told Federal Highway Safety Corps officials to enforce traffic enforcement on federal highways.
The minister blamed the activities of truck and trailer drivers on the delay in the completion of works on the Lagos-Ibadan highway.
Addressing them, Fashola said: “The point is that truck and trailer operation is a business if you want to operate fleets then you have to plan parking. If the government helps you, the government does it out of compassion, but you cannot run your business at the expense of the convenience and livelihood of millions of people.
“So the money that has been difficult to find and the road that has been difficult to build, they have already started to put diesel on it, that is the beginning of the destruction of the road and my call to you today is to leave immediately . I walk from today, immediately.
“Parking on the freeway is a violation of the Federal Highway Law that you (FRSC) have a duty to enforce, therefore, work with stakeholders, truck owners, the Kabiyesis (monarchs) and the state government , let’s find an immediate way to solve this problem so that contractors can complete their work and respond to those who say that (the Lagos-Ibadan highway project) is taking too long.
“This is part of the delay and it is not just to build the road, but also to ensure that it is used correctly and not abused.
“Pouring diesel on the road, changing oil (motor oil) on the road is an abuse of the road. It must be stopped in the interests of the truckers themselves because without roads, you have no business. Let’s just understand. “