By Peter Moses
Ogun state government yesterday threatened to henceforth impound heavily trucks plying roads in the state with over 30 tonnes.
The government also challenged factories to own roads in the state by fixing them regularly as part of their cooperate social responsibility (CSR).
The state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, dropped state government resolution yesterday in Abeokuta, during the symbolic presentation of certificates to participants of Lafarge Africa’s two-day geology and mining capacity training.
About 50 participants were trained on raw material exploration, safety operation, blasting operation among others.
Ashiru blamed the deplorable condition of roads caused by heavy laden vehicle plying it, saying it was high time they took responsibility of fixing them.
The commissioner expressed regret that governors across the country were dissatisfied with the damage done to the roads by heavy trucks thereby limiting their life-span.
Ashiru said: “All the governors are complaining about the trucks. They must maintain that policy by not loading their trucks with more than 30 tonnes so that those roads can last forever.
“So, I beg these companies especially the cement and steel industries; they must look at how they can meet the policy.”
He commended Lafarge Africa for the training, while noting that the cement industry’s partnership with the state government had paid off.
Lafarge Africa Director Communication, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, said the training was part of the industry’s commitment to the United Nations sustainable development goals of climate, people and community.
She assured that Lafarge Africa would continue to train more geologists in the State.