The Ebonyi State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and traditional rulers in the state, at the weekend, agreed to work closely in other to reduce the scourge of road crashes especially this Christmas period.
Its Sector Commandant, Mrs. Stella Uchegbu, reached out to the monarchs in
Abakaliki during a meeting with members of the state Traditional Rulers Council. She noted that as key stakeholders who were closer to their
people, it had become important to engage the royal fathers in the
campaign for safer highways.
This was even as she warned motorists and other road users against over speeding violation, dangerous overtaking, use of drugs and stimulants which, according to her were the major causes of road accidents.
She appealed to the traditional rulers to lead the sensitization campaign in their various wards and subjects on the need to adhere to safety rules this Christmas period.
She was, however, excited that motorists in the state were complying with the directive on speed limit device, adding that with more caution accidents would be curtailed.
“There has been an impressive compliance by commercial motorists and we believe that the response in 2018 will be better” she said.
Responding, the Chairman of the Traditional Rulers’ Council, Igwe Charles Mkpuma, said that the council would be pleased to partner with the FRSC to ensure adequate dissemination of safety messages. He, therefore, called for regular sensitization by the command to ensure that road users assimilated safety tips.
“We advise that a regular sensitization be made to promote safer road culture on Nigerian Highways,” he said.
Also speaking, the traditional ruler of Agbaja Autonomous Community in Izzi council area, Igwe Emmanuel Nwaojiji, said that their subjects would be better educated. He said that safety tips would henceforth form part of their
“We will educate our subjects on road safety tips and the information will be taken to meetings, cabinet sittings, churches and market places” Nwaojiji said.