1. Attacks on FRSC operatives are "unfathomable"
The Federal Road Safety Corps commander has condemned the series of attacks on FRSC personnel by motorists on the highway, while they were discharging their duties.
This assertion was made known by Mr. Livinus Okonkwo, the FRSC Unit Commander, Dutse Alhaji, at a sensitization workshop organized for drivers in the Dutse -Alhaji Motor Park, Bwari Area Council, in Abuja.
Naijauto gathered that an NGO named GreenLight initiative organized the workshop.
Attacking those who are safe-guarding your life on road is unacceptable
Mr. Okonkwo said they can't understand why corps officers would be attacked on the highway while on a lawful duty.
We cannot fathom it. We are worried over the actions.
We are doing humanitarian job, for us to assist motorists to be alive and they now turn against us by attacking our personnel, this is unacceptable
If somebody is ensuring you have a better environment you don’t need to attack him
He said, that they would still go ahead to enlighten the public based on that, and saying the attacks were due to lack of understanding.
2. Suggested approaches to solve traffic problems in Nigeria
Also at the sensitization workshop, the FRSC commander requested that the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) should partner with their command to safeguard lives and property. He also asked them to stop the practice of overloading vehicles or else face the charges.
Overloading is a form of distraction on the part of the driver, which is a course for concern.
Some of those factors that constitute distraction include making calls and chatting while driving.
When distracted, drivers are heading toward a land of no return,” he said.
Overloading attracts a fine of N10, 000 and we will also send the person for emotional evaluation test to be sure that the person is emotionally stable,” he said.
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Overloading is a common cause of road accidents in Nigeria
Speaking of the need to make headways on road safety in Nigeria, the Executive Director GreenLight, Mr. Simon Obi opined that it will take a stronger leadership to get it done.
According to World Health Organisation, the number of road traffic deaths continues to rise steadily, reaching a record of 1.35 million annually.
These indicate that the progress to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target 3.6, which calls for a 50 per cent reduction in the number of road traffic deaths by 2020 remains a mirage
Mr. Obi said the company was piloting the campaign to ensure the road is safe for motorist via its implementation of various enlightenment and advocacy programmes.
An appeal was made by Alhaji Muhammadu Bala, the Chairman NURTW, asking for the construction of more motor parks as a way of alleviating the difficult situation of its members and commuters.