MARACHA. ASIL, a fuel supplying company in West Nile region has entered into loss after 3, 000 litres of fuel poured on the road when their fuel tanker heading from Arua to Obongi overturned at Orukurua hill in Terego County, Arua district at a spot commonly referred to as ‘tooth can lost’.
The driver of the fuel tanker, Mr Jamal Amin sustained a fracture slightly below the knee of the right leg and was rushed to Arua regional hospital for treatment.
Mr Rasul Taban, the ASIL general manager West Nile blamed the accident that occurred early this week on the bad state of the road.
“We are paying a lot of taxes to the government to operate our businesses but losing revenue due to accidents resulting from bad roads particularly on Arua-Yumbe road should be minimized by upgrading it regularly like it is the case in other places,” Taban stressed.
Ms Molly Adroru who responded by the alarm of a fellow woman to give first aid for the driver explained that the driver survived due to the quick response from his employers at the time of the accident that occurred at about 11:00 pm.
Mr Ben Anguaku, a resident from Bari village in Aii-vu sub-county where the scene of the accident is located said owners of vehicles should employ experienced drivers to carefully manoeuvre their way through the hilly and rocky spot.
Meanwhile, Ms Jeska Candiru Abedi, the female district councillor for Aii-vu sub-county visited the scene and cautioned residents against open tapping of fuel from fuel tankers in case of accidents in future so as to prevent fire outbreaks that are life-threatening.
Candiru appealed to UNRA to liaise with UNHCR to upgrade the road since it is mainly used by heavy trucks carrying supplies and staff of refugee implementing partners to the various refugee camps in Yumbe and Arua districts.
Of late, majority of drivers have resorted to using Omugo-Kubala-Arua road as an alternative to access Arua town and return route to Yumbe due to the bad section of Owaffa-Aripea road up to Omugo trading centre.