• As FRSC expresses worry over night travels, over-speeding
As the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) launched the 2021 ‘Ember’ campaign, Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir has commended the Corps for always being proactive in responding to accidents by providing rescue operations to victims as tenable in other countries.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner of Works and Transport, Abdulkadir Ibrahim during the flag-off of the campaign held at the Bauchi Central motor park, also commended the FRSC for traffic control in strategic locations in the state, especially during festive seasons.
He then pledged his administration’s support to the FRSC to achieve its mandate of reduction in road traffic crashes which often lead to loss of lives and properties in the state just as he challenged the Corps to ensure that anyone caught violating traffic rules was adequately punished no matter his or her status.
The Governor stressed the need for synergy between the FRSC and the State traffic agency BAROTA to effectively manage traffic situations across the state saying that such synergy will be beneficial to all the roads users.
Earlier, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Bauchi State, Yusuf Abdullahi, has lamented the high rate of accidents across the state caused by over-speeding and night travels.
He said: “Having observed the constant crashes caused by night travels and over-speeding, we decided to embark on this campaign to enlighten and educate the motoring public on the need to desist on these two major causes of crashes on our roads.”
He added that “We call on them to desist from night travels and over-speeding because most of the crashes that occur are as a result of these factors because motorists are not always careful of the road.”
The FRSC Sector Commander further said that “At the end of this campaign, we hope to achieve a high reduction of road crashes, reduction in night travels and total attitudinal change by the motoring public.”
He identified the Bauchi-Darazo road as the “most dangerous” which has recorded many accidents that led to the loss of lives and properties in recent times adding that the Bauchi-Gombe road is the second most dangerous.
Yusuf Abdullahi stated that the Bauchi-Jos road which used to be the most dangerous in the state has a different story as “the road crashes there have drastically reduced.”
He however solicited the support of road transport unions, religious leaders, village heads, media organizations and the general public to widen the scope of enlightenment and education on road safety matters among their subjects on dangers associated with over-speeding and night travels to reduce road traffic crashed on the roads.
He called that, “The road transport unions, owners and fleet operators should key into the installation of speed limiting device to curtail the excesses of drivers,”.
He then assured that “we will continue to provide services to the public, your supports will remain fundamental but sustainable, in view of the fact that human development has its challenges and all hands must remain on deck to ensure our roads are safe.”
The theme for the 2021 campaign is: ‘Maintain a safe speed, avoid night travels and enjoy quality road experience’.
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