It's surprising and disappointing that the Federal Road Safety Corps had to arrest as many as 321 scapegoats just to reiterate its dedication to ensuring commercial drivers comply with the new social distance order. Why do most Nigerian commercial drivers like getting into trouble before they can obey simple government instructions?
FRSC reveals that it has arrested 321 offenders for overloading their vehicles despite the government’s order against it
It is even more appalling to realize that the FRSC arrested these 321 offenders within a span of 6 days after the police alone impounded 106 cars, tricycles and motorcycles in Abuja recently for violating lockdown order.
The FRSC Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem revealed in a recent statement that these arrests were carried out successfully between Sunday 30th of March to Monday 6th of April 2020, following President Buhari’s social distance directive.
Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal of FRSC has also issued a second warning to the motorist, telling them to desist from overloading their vehicles with passengers during this COVID-19 outbreak period. He also called on the public to be careful about boarding any commercial car that is already filled up with an appropriate passenger number.
According to Dr Oyeyemi, everyone should be alert towards safety and health in such a period like this and also follow all of the guidelines of the World Health Organization and the Federal Government. He stressed that all of the orders, rules, directives, and advice are being currently enforced in an effort to curb the unnecessary escalation of the already shocking Coronavirus pandemic.
With all that said, one can still not deny how badly this COVID-19 outbreak and unprecedented government orders have affected so many businesses in Nigeria. However, all measures being suddenly put in place, for now, are still for the greater good.
Below is a video of some affected Nigerian business owners revealing how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected them:
Some Nigerian businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak