Unless the Cross River State government takes a decisive action against tanker driver who have converted a section of the Murtala Mohammed Highway to their garage, the state might soon face the kind of tragedy that befell Lagos State recently.
Last week, an accident that was propelled by a tanker driver, led to the death of no fewer than nine persons and the burning of about 50 vehicles. So many others are still receiving treatment for various degrees of burns they sustained as a result of the accident.
In Calabar, tanker drivers now take pleasure in parking their trucks along the highway, near the zone 6 police station axis and the junction leading to the NNPC depot.
Around that area, there is a heavy vehicular and human traffic from sunset till dawn. The fear is that in the event of the unexpected, so many houses, vehicles and even human beings would be badly affected.
A social media campaign has already started, trying to draw the attention of the state government to the activities of tanker drivers in the state capital. It is being championed by a group called Arise Cross River.
No government official has spoken on this menace so far, neither has any action been taken by the government at the moment.